What is Sexual Misconduct?

Sexual misconduct includes sexual harassment, non-consensual sexual intercourse, non-consensual sexual contact and sexual exploitation.

  • Sexual harassment: Gender-based verbal or physical conduct that unreasonably interferes with or deprives someone of educational access, benefits or opportunities.
  • Non-consensual sexual intercourse: Any sexual intercourse (anal, oral or vaginal) however slight with any object by an individual upon another individual without consent.
  • Non-consensual sexual contact: Any intentional sexual touching however slight with any object by an individual upon another individual without consent.
  • Consent: Consent is informed, knowing and voluntary. Consent can be given by words or actions, as long as those words and actions create mutually understandable permission regarding the conditions of sexual activity. In order to give consent, one must be of legal age.
  • Coercion: Coercion is unreasonable pressure for sexual activity. When someone makes it clear to you that they do not want sex, that they want to stop or that they do not want to go past a certain point of sexual interaction, continued pressure beyond that point can be coercive.
  • Incapacitation: Sexual activity with someone known to be, or should be known to be, mentally or physically incapacitated. Incapacitation is a state where one cannot make a rational, reasonable decision, because they lack the ability to understand who, what, when, where, why or how of their sexual interaction.
  • Sexual activity: Includes intentional contact with the breasts, buttock, groin or genitals, touching another with any of these body parts or making another touch a person or himself or herself with or on any of these body parts; any intentional bodily contact in sexual manner, though not involving contact with or of or by breasts, buttocks, groin, genitals, mouth or other orifice.
  • Sexual exploitation: Occurs when an individual takes non-consensual or abusive sexual advantage of another for his or her own advantage or benefit or to benefit or advantage anyone other than the one being exploited, and and that behavior does not otherwise constitute any of the other sexual misconduct offenses.

Sexual misconduct or sexual violence includes, but is not limited to:

  • Rape
  • Statutory rape
  • Assault to commit rape
  • Sodomy
  • Sexual battery
  • Aggravated sodomy
  • Aggravated sexual battery
  • Public indecency
  • Object rape
  • Unwanted touching
  • Stalking


  • Face to face
  • Online or on the internet
  • Social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.)
  • Telephone (text messages, instant Messages, etc.)


  • On campus
  • Off campus
  • College sponsored events (homecoming, athletic travel, etc.)


  • Opposite sex
  • Same sex
  • Classmate, teacher, staff, etc.

Ethics and Compliance Reporting Hotline: 877-516-3444
Sexual Assault Support Services (24 hour crisis hotline): 888-747-7070
Student Health Clinics: 678-891-4105