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OFFICE OF DIVERSITY, INCLUSION, AND EQUITY > TITLE IX > FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions

What does sexual harassment look like?


Sexual harassment is unwelcome touching or physical acts of a sexual nature, unwelcome comments or jokes, emails or other messages with unwelcome or offensive sexual content that have the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with your educational environment or creates a hostile learning environment.


What does consent look like?

Consent is defined as informed, freely given, mutually understandable words or actions that indicate a willingness to participate in a mutually agreed upon sexual activity. Effective consent may never be obtained when there is a threat of force or violence, or any other form of coercion or intimidation. Consent cannot be obtained from someone who is mentally or physically incapacitated whether due to drugs, alcohol or some other condition, or from a minor. Silence or lack of active resistance does not imply consent. Intoxication is not an excuse for failure to obtain consent. A person incapacitated by alcohol or drug consumption, or who is unconscious or asleep or otherwise physically or cognitively impaired, is incapable of giving consent.

What is gender-based harassment?

Gender-based harassment is unwelcome conduct of a nonsexual nature based on a person's actual or perceived sex, including conduct based on gender identity, gender expression, and nonconformity with gender stereotypes.

What is sexual exploitation?

Sexual exploitation occurs by taking sexual advantage of another person for the benefit of anyone other than that person, without that person's consent.

What is a Required Reporter?

Most employees who witness or receive a report of sexual misconduct must report the incident to the Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Equity. Any conversation and information shared with a University employee will be kept private, meaning that it will not be shared unnecessarily with others.

Is there a time limit for filing an incident report?


No.

How long does it take for cases to be investigated and resolved under Title IX?

Most cases are investigated and resolved within 60 days of receiving a complaint. Often we are able to resolve them much more quickly than that, but there are also times when there are complicating factors that require us to take a bit more time.

If I file a report that involves underage drinking or drug use, will I be punished?

The University encourages you to report any concerns regarding sexual misconduct. We know that sometimes, individuals are hesitant to report an incident because they fear that they may be charged with violations of the Student Code of Conduct, such as underage drinking, or other policy violations. The University's primary interest is in protecting the well-being of its community and addressing and remedying the effects of sexual misconduct. Therefore, other policy violations will be considered separate from allegations under the Policy on Sexual Misconduct and Relationship Violence, and the University will consider offering victims of crimes and witnesses limited immunity from such violations, as appropriate.


 

You are expected to understand when another person is impaired, and will be held accountable if you should have "reasonably known" that the person could not give consent.