Sexual assault, exploitation, and harassment

Any unwelcome or nonconsensual conduct of a sexual nature.

  • Behaviors can include:
    • Vaginal or anal penetration and any contact between a mouth and genitals that is not consensual.
    • Nonconsensual recording of sexual activity, invasion of sexual privacy, or distributing photographs of another person's intimate parts.
    • Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature.

  • An instructor suggests that a higher grade might be given to a student if they submit to sexual advances.
  • A supervisor implicitly or explicitly implies that a subordinate will be fired if they don’t submit to sexual favors.
  • A student repeatedly follows an instructor around campus and sends sexually explicit text messages, emails, or voicemails.
  • Students in a residence hall repeatedly draw sexually explicit graffiti on the whiteboard on another student’s door.

Intimate partner abuse

Behaviors in an intimate, sexual, dating, partnered or marital relationship directed at a person that are controlling, demeaning, intimidating, or threatening. This includes threats, assault, violence, property damage, and violence or threat of violence to one's self or to the loved ones (family, friends, and pets) of the person when used as a method of coercion, control, punishment, intimidation, or revenge. Acts of violence may be physical, sexual, emotional, economic, or psychological in nature.

Read more about healthy, unhealthy, and abuse in a relationship. Or visit Love Is Respect to learn more.


A pattern of conduct directed at someone that would cause them to fear for their own safety or the safety of others or suffer substantial emotional distress, including causing a person to alter their daily activities. This can include repeatedly following, approaching, contacting, placing under surveillance, or making any form of communication with another person, a member of that person's immediate family, or someone with whom that person has or has had a continuing relationship.