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“Sexual misconduct” can refer to many behaviors, including sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual exploitation, domestic/intimate partner violence, and stalking.
This page will help you to better understand what sexual misconduct is by first defining consent – a key term in any discussion of this issue – followed by a detailed breakdown of the primary forms sexual misconduct may take.
For a more complete explanation of these terms, please review the Board of Regents’ Policy on Sexual Misconduct.
To fully understand the meaning of sexual misconduct, it is important to first understand the meaning of “consent.”
“Consent” is a voluntary, sober, enthusiastic, and mutual verbal agreement to sexual activity. Consent can never be assumed – Consent must be received for each stage of sexual activity, and all activity must cease if consent is withdrawn.
Consent is not…
Sexual harassment can include all unwanted sexual advances. This behavior includes, but is not limited to:
Sexual assault may include any sexual act directed against another person when that person has not given consent, or is not capable of giving consent. This includes everything from unwanted touching to rape.
Sexual Exploitation occurs when a person takes non-consensual or abusive sexual advantage of another for the benefit of anyone other than the person being exploited. Examples of behavior that could rise to the level of sexual exploitation include:
This form of misconduct is any physical or sexual harm against an individual by a current or former spouse or other dating partner. Relationship violence may also include threat of abuse and emotional abuse.
Stalking is one person’s repetitive and willful following or lying in wait behavior towards another person, which causes the victim of this behavior to reasonably fear for his or her physical safety. Stalking can take the form of unwanted electronic contact as well.