Sexual harassment and assault defined
What is Sexual Harassment?
Under Title IX, sexual harassment is defined as conduct on the basis of sex that constitutes unwelcome conduct determined by a reasonable person to be so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it effectively denies a person equal access to the recipient’s education program or activity.
A student or staff member is led to believe that he/she must submit to unwelcome sexual conduct/communication in order to gain something in return, such as a grade, a promotion, or a place on a team (Quid Pro Quo); or,
The conduct substantially interferes with a student’s educational performance or creates a hostile environment
What is Sexual Assault?
Sexual assault (sexual violence) is any unwanted, non-consensual sexual contact by force or when a person cannot give consent (underage, developmentally disabled, mentally/physically unable to consent). This includes the following types of sexual violence: