Coercion: exerting an unreasonable degree of pressure, duress, or cajoling when reasonably aware that physical sexual conduct is unwelcome.
Consent: Words or specific actions by a person that are intended to communicate a current, freely made agreement to perform or experience a sexual act with a particular person.
Force: Use of physical force, threats, intimidation or coercion to commit sexual assault
Incapacitated: Unable to consent to sexual activities due to use of alcohol or drugs impairing judgment, developmental disabilities, lack of consciousness, or similar temporary conditions.
Intimidation: The use of power or authority to compel the recipient to acquiesce or cooperate.
Person in a Position of Authority: Any University administrator, dean, director, assistant director or officer of the University, specifically including the Dean of Students, Assistant Dean of the Law School, Residential Life professional staff, and Safety and Security staff. RAs are not considered persons in authority; although RAs are required to report incidents to their area director.
Physical Force: Intentional physical impact upon another, use of physical restraint or use of a weapon.
Sexual Assault: Intentional sexual conduct with another person occurring without that person’s consent.
Sexual Contact: includes but is not limited to sexual touching including kissing, intentional touching of the breasts, buttocks, vagina, penis or intrafemoral area in a sexual manner, and/or penetration of the anus, mouth or vagina with the penis, finger or other object in a sexual manner, or coercion to force someone else to touch one’s genitals, buttocks, breast, or intrafemoral area. These definitions apply whether the person being touched is fully clothed, partially clothed or unclothed.
Sexual Harassment: Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, sexually motivated physical contact or other verbal or physical conduct or communication of a sexual nature when:
- Submission to that conduct or communication is made a term or condition either implicitly or explicitly, of obtaining their education
- Submission or rejection of that conduct or communication by an individual is used as a factor in decisions affecting that individual's education; or
- That conduct or communication has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with an individual's employment or education, or of creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive educational environment.
Sexually Inappropriate Conduct: Unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature, or directed at a person because of their gender, which does not rise to the level of harassment or assault but which is disruptive or offensive to a reasonable person of a background similar to the recipient. This conduct may include crude, obscene or threatening gestures, unwelcome sexual comments, and seeking invasive proximity to an individual (stalking).
Threats: the use of statements, directly or by implication, that are intended to compel the recipient to do something they would not do by suggesting, promising or stating that negative consequences would result from the recipient failing to acquiesce or cooperate.