2017-2018 Student Handbook

Page 87 of 107 Updated 1.25.17 • Harassment includes unwanted staring or leering at a person • Harassment includes verbal comments of a sexual nature, including comments about an individual’s body, sexual activity, or sexual attractiveness; the use of sexually degrading language or innuendo; sexually suggestive gestures, sounds, or jokes • Harassment includes displays of sexually suggestive objects, pictures, cartoons, or written materials Examples of sexual harassment include, but are not limited to: A. A student repeatedly contacts another student to go out on a date after the student has made it clear that such contact is unwelcome. B. A male staff assistant in a biology lab repeatedly makes disparaging comments about women such as, “Science is a man’s field” and “Women don’t have the capacity to understand.” A student worker tells her supervisor that she is not comfortable with him massaging her shoulders, but he continues to do so on numerous occasions and also makes comments about her attractiveness. 22.5.2 Sexual Assault Sexual assault is a general term that covers a broad range of inappropriate and/or unlawful conduct, including rape, sexual battery, and sexual coercion. Sexual assault includes, but is not limited to: nonconsensual sexual intercourse or acts that involve the use or threat of force, violence, or immediate and unlawful bodily injury or threats of future retaliation and duress. Examples of sexual assault include the following nonconsensual acts: oral copulation, anal intercourse, and penetration of the anal or vaginal area with a foreign object, including a finger. Sexual battery includes the nonconsensual touching of a person’s intimate parts, or the clothing covering the immediate area of those parts, or forcing a person to touch another’s intimate parts. 22.5.3 Sexual Coercion Sexual coercion is defined as the act of using pressure to gain consent for sexual activity, using alcohol and drugs to lower another’s inhibitions, or the use of force to have sexual contact with someone against his or her will or with someone who has already refused. Such behavior includes but is not limited to verbal pressure, emotional pressure, threats, lying, blackmailing, use of alcohol or drugs to take advantage of another, use of guilt, or use of his/her position of authority over another. 22.5.4 Sexual Exploitation Sexual Exploitation occurs when one person takes non-consensual or abusive sexual advantage of another for his/her own personal advantage or benefit, (and that behavior does not otherwise constitute one of the other sexual misconduct offenses). Examples include, but are not limited to: invasion of sexual privacy; streaming of images, photography, video, or audio recording of sexual activity or nudity, or distribution of such without the knowledge and consent of all parties; voyeurism; inducing incapacitation for the purpose of making another person vulnerable to nonconsensual sexual activity. 22.5.5 Domestic Violence Acts of domestic violence are felony or misdemeanor crimes of violence committed by a current or former spouse of the complainant, by a person with whom the complainant shares a child in common, by a person who is cohabitating with or has cohabitated with the complainant as a spouse, by a person similarly situated to a spouse of the complainant under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction…or by any other person against an adult or youth victim who is protected from that person’s acts under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction. 22.5.6 Dating Violence Dating violence is committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the complainant. The existence of such a relationship shall be determined based on a consideration of the following factors: