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What is Sexual Misconduct?

Sexual Misconduct is a broad term that includes any unwelcome behavior of a sexual nature committed without consent or by force, coercion, or intimidation. It can take many forms, including the following prohibited conduct:

Sexual Harassment

Any unwelcome sex-based and/or gender-based verbal, written, or physical conduct that is sufficiently severe, pervasive or persistent that it creates an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating, or offensive environment and interferes with, denies, or limits one’s access to or benefits of the employment and/or educational environment.

Non-Consensual Sexual Contact

Any intentional sexual touching, however slight, with any object by a person upon another person that is without consent and/or by force.

Non-Consensual Sexual Intercourse

Any sexual intercourse, vaginal or anal penetration by a penis, object, tongue or finger and oral copulation (mouth to genital contact or genital to mouth contact) no matter how slight the penetration, by a person upon another person without consent and/or by force.

Sexual Exploitation

Occurs when a person takes non-consensual or abusive sexual advantage of another for his/her own advantage or benefit, or to benefit or advantage anyone other than the one being exploited, and that behavior does not otherwise constitute one of the other sexual misconduct offenses.

Intimate Partner Violence

Violence between those in a current or prior intimate relationship (this includes romantic, dating, or domestic relationships) that can be physical, emotional, verbal, financial, or psychological.


Refers to an unwelcome course of conduct, directed at a specific person, whether in person or through a pattern of conduct which includes the use of electronic communication, that would cause a reasonable person to fear for her, his, or others’ safety, or to suffer substantial emotional distress.

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