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OFFICE OF DIVERSITY, INCLUSION, AND EQUITY > TITLE IX > FOR STUDENTS
For Students

What is consent?

Consent must be informed, voluntary, and mutual, and can be withdrawn at any time. There is no consent when there is force, coercion, intimidation, threats, or duress used. Silence or absence of resistance does not imply consent. Past consent to sexual activity does not imply ongoing future consent. If a person is mentally or physically incapacitated or impaired (due to alcohol or drug consumption) or asleep or unconscious, there is no consent.

What is sexual assault?

Sexual assault means any actual, attempted, or threatened sexual act with another person without that person's consent.

What is rape?

Rape is the act of sexual intercourse or penetration (anal, oral, or vaginal), however slight, with any body part or object, by a man or woman without consent.

What is sexual misconduct?

Sexual Misconduct means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature. It includes but is not limited to: dating violence, domestic violence, gender-based harassment, sexual assault, sexual exploitation, sexual harassment and stalking. 

What is sexual harassment?

Sexual harassment is unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature, including but not limited to: unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or nonverbal conduct of a sexual nature.

What is relationship violence/dating & domestic violence?

Relationship violence (also known as intimate partner, dating, or domestic violence) is a pattern of behavior in a social, intimate, or romantic relationship used to establish power and control over another person through fear and intimidation. Relationship violence can be verbal, emotional, and/or physical. Examples include: slapping, pulling hair, name calling, damaging property, and threats of abuse or physical harm.

What is stalking?

Stalking means engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to 1) fear for his or her safety, or the safety of others; or 2) suffer substantial emotional distress. Examples include: non-consensual communications (in-person, text, phone, email, social media) or showing up at the targeted person's classroom or workplace.