Any student, faculty, staff member, or applicant for admission or education who has concerns about sex discrimination or sexual misconduct is encouraged to seek the assistance of a Title IX coordinator.

Definitions

Consent
To consent is to agree to do or allow something:  to give permission for something to happen or be done. 

Force
Force is the use of physical strength, power, or effect of power or violence used on one person or thing.  

Gender-Based Harassment
Gender-based harassment is defined as acts of verbal, nonverbal, or physical aggression, intimidation, stalking, or hostility based on gender or gender-stereotyping.  The conduct must be such that it has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s academic performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, demeaning, or offensive learning, living or working environment.  Gender-based harassment can occur if individuals are harassed either for exhibiting what is perceived as a stereotypical characteristic for their sex, or for failing to conform to stereotypical notions of masculinity or femininity.

Gender-Based Misconduct
Gender-based misconduct comprises a broad range of behaviors focused on sex and/or gender discrimination that may or may not be sexual in nature.  Discrimination, defined as actions that deprive other members of the community of educational or employment access, benefits or opportunities on the basis of sex and/or gender, would be gender-based misconduct.  

Incapacitation
Incapacitation is defined as someone or something is unable to work, move, or function in the usual way.  To be incapacitated is to be deprived of power, strength, or legal capacity.  

Non-Consensual Sexual Contact
Non-consensual sexual contact is any intentional sexual touching, however slight, with any object, that is without consent and/or by force. However, non-consensual sexual contact does not require physical force. Regardless of how an individual may represent his or her age, by law, anyone under 18 years of age cannot provide legal consent to any sexual act.

Non-Consensual Sexual Intercourse
Non-consensual sexual intercourse is any sexual intercourse however slight, with any object that is without consent and/or by force. As with non-consensual sexual contact, non-consensual sexual intercourse does not require physical force. By law, anyone under 18 years of age cannot provide legal consent to any sexual act.

Sexual Exploitation
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 other sexual misconduct/harassment offenses.  

Sexual Harassment
Sexual Harassment is unwelcome, gender-based, verbal or physical conduct which is sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive that it has the effect of unreasonably interfering with, denying or limiting someone’s ability to participate in or benefit from the college’s educational program and/or activities, or their employment with the college, or their receipt of services or housing from the college.