Definitions and Common Questions

When someone harms you, it can be hard to put a name on what happened, and you are the only person who has the right to define what has happened to you. We hope, however, by providing some definitions of sexual violence, relationship violence, stalking, and sexual harassment, students will better understand what the university means when we use these terms.

In addition, there are a variety of options on how to report and/or receive help and some students may find this to be confusing, so we have provided answers to some of our most commonly asked questions.

We are always available to meet with students in person to discuss all of the options and answer any questions or concerns in a confidential setting. You can call the hotline anytime day or night at 765-495-2273 (CARE) for assistance.


Call to speak with someone who can explain your options and connect you with resources.

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