Gender-Based Harassment: includes harassment based on gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression, which may include acts of aggression, intimidation, or hostility, whether verbal or non-verbal, graphic, physical, or otherwise, even if the acts do not involve conduct of a sexual nature when there is a power differential and/or such conduct creates a hostile environment.
Sexual Violence: A form of sexual harassment which includes conduct that is criminal. Sexual assault falls under sexual violence. Sexual violence also includes rape, sexual battery, sexual coercion, unwanted touching, intimate partner violence, and sexually motivated stalking.
Sexual Exploitation: Purposely or knowingly doing any of the following:
¨ Causing the incapacitation of another person for the purpose of compromising that person’s ability to give Affirmative Consent to sexual activity;
¨ Allowing third parties to observe private sexual activity from a hidden location or through electronic means;
¨ Engaging in voyeurism;
¨ Recording or photographing private sexual activity and/or a person’s intimate parts;
¨ Disseminating or posting images of private sexual activity and/or a person’s intimate parts;
¨ Prostituting another person; or
¨ Exposing another person to a sexually transmitted infection or virus without the other’s knowledge.
Sexual Assault: unwanted physical contact of a sexual nature whether by an acquaintance or a stranger. Conduct is unwanted when it occurs without effective consent or by force.
Intimate Partner Violence (Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Relationship Violence): any act or threatened act of violence against a person which is or has been involved in a sexual, dating, domestic, or other intimate relationship, by the other person in the relationship. It may involve one act or an ongoing pattern of behaviors. It encompasses a range of behaviors, including, but not limited to: physical violence, sexual violence, emotional abuse, and economic abuse. It may take the form of violence or threats of violence to one’s self, one’s sexual or romantic partner, one’s family members or friends and/or one’s property.
Stalking/Cyberstalking: a course of conduct directed at a specific person under circumstances that would cause a reasonable person to feel alarm, annoyance, emotional distress, and/or fear. Course of conduct means two or more acts, including, but not limited to, acts in which a person directly, indirectly, or through third parties, by any actions, method, device, or means, follows, monitors, observes, surveils, threatens, or communicates to or about another person, or interferes with another person’s property. Stalking includes “cyber-stalking,” a particular form of stalking in which a person uses electronic media, such as the internet, social networks, blogs, cell phones, texts, or other similar devices or forms of contact. Examples of stalking include, but are not limited to: following a person; appearing at a person’s home, class, or work uninvited; making frequent phone calls, emails, or text messages; leaving written messages; unwanted contact via social media; or vandalizing a person’s property.
Retaliation: means any adverse action taken against a person for making a good faith report of Prohibited Conduct or participating in any proceeding under this policy. Retaliation includes threatening, intimidating, harassing, coercing or any other conduct that would discourage a reasonable person from engaging in activity protected under this policy. Retaliation may be present even where there is a finding of “no responsibility” on the allegations of Prohibited Conduct. Retaliation does not include good faith actions lawfully pursued in response to a report of Prohibited Conduct.
Complicity: any act taken with the purpose of aiding, facilitating, promoting or encouraging the commission of an act of Prohibited Conduct by another person.