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Sexual Violence

Sexual violence includes any conduct that involves non-consensual sexual penetration or non-consensual personal contact of a sexual nature. The definition from the Anti-Harassment Policy is listed below:

Sexual Violence

Any non-Consensual sexual act, including but not limited to rape, sexual assault, sexual battery and sexual coercion. Sexual Violence also includes Relationship Violence. Examples of Sexual Violence include, but are not limited to:

  • Non-Consensual sexual contact: touching, with any body part or object, another person’s intimate parts (e.g., genitalia, groin, breast, buttocks), whether clothed or unclothed.
  • Non-Consensual sexual intercourse: oral, anal and/or vaginal penetration, to any degree and with any body part or object.
  • Compelling a person to touch their own or another person’s intimate parts without Consent.


Affirmative, clear communication given by words or actions that shows an active, knowing and voluntary agreement to engage in mutually agreed-upon sexual activity. Consent is given freely and voluntarily. Consent may not be inferred from silence, passivity or when an individual is Incapacitated or otherwise prevented from giving Consent as a result of impairment due to a mental or physical condition or age. No Consent exists when there is a threat of force or physical or psychological violence.

Although Consent may be given initially, it may be withdrawn at any point without regard to activity preceding the withdrawal of Consent.

The voluntary nature of Consent will be subject to heightened scrutiny in circumstances where someone who has power or authority within the University over another person engages in a sexual relationship with that person.


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