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SEXUAL MISCONDUCT
TITLE IX


What is Sexual Misconduct?

Sexual Misconduct Definitions

What is Stalking and what can I do About it

Reporting Options and Other Resources

FAQ’s for the Respondent (Accused)

Assault Care for the Victim

Sexual Misconduct Response for Faculty and Staff

Responsible Employees FAQ’s
for Faculty and Staff


Common Myths and Facts about Sexual Misconduct

Bystander Intervention

Sexual Misconduct Prevention
and Protection Strategies


Violence Against Women Act

Yes Means Yes (Video)

Cup of Tea Consent Video

FAQ’s and Information Regarding Sexual Misconduct

Sexual Misconduct Definitions

People who have experienced a sexual assault may struggle to understand what happened to them and to define their experience as a “sexual assault” or “rape”. This may happen due to the lack of knowledge and comfort levels with these terms. 
 
Sexual assault may be committed by boyfriends, girlfriends, friends, acquaintances, family, lovers, partners, and strangers and affects people of all ages, races, genders, sexualities, and abilities. Sexual violence does not discriminate. Sexual violence is often used as a way to hurt, humiliate or gain control over someone else. The fact that someone has been intimate with a partner in the past does not mean they have consented to any or all future sexual activity with that partner.  
 
Sexual Violence
Sexual violence is defined as physical sexual acts engaged without the consent of the other person or when the other person is unable to consent to the activity.  Sexual violence includes sexual assault, rape, battery, and sexual coercion; domestic violence; dating violence; and stalking.
 
Sexual Assault 
Actual or attempted sexual contact with another person without that person’s Consent. Sexual Assault includes, but is not limited to: 1) intentional touching of another person’s body in a sexual nature without that person’s Consent; 2) other intentional sexual contact with another person without that person’s Consent; 3) coercing, forcing, or attempting to coerce or force a person to touch another person’s body in a sexual nature without that person’s Consent; or 4) rape, which is penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina, or anus of a person by any body part of another person, or by an object, or the mouth of a person, or by a sex organ of another person, without the other person’s Consent.

Dating Violence 
Is the use of physical violence, coercion, threats, intimidation, isolation, or Stalking on another while in a dating relationship, or a social relationship of romantic or sexually intimate nature. Such violence includes other forms of emotional, sexual or economic abuse directed towards a person who is or has been in a dating relationship, or a social relationship of a romantic or sexually intimate nature with the victim. This includes any behaviors that intimidate, manipulate, humiliate, isolate, frighten, terrorize, coerce, threaten, blame, hurt, injure, or wound someone. Dating Violence can be a single act or a pattern of behavior in relationships.

Domestic Violence 
Use of physical violence, coercion, threats, intimidation, isolation, Stalking, or other forms of emotional, sexual, or economic abuse directed towards (a) a current or former spouse or intimate partner; (b) a person with whom one shares a child; or (c) anyone who is protected from the Respondent’s acts under the domestic or family violence laws of California, including Family Code Section 6250 et seq., and any applicable federal law, including the
Violence Against Women Act of 1994 (VAWA), as amended. This can include behaviors that intimidate, manipulate, humiliate, isolate, frighten, terrorize, coerce, threaten, blame, hurt, injure, or wound someone. Domestic Violence can be a single act or a pattern of behavior in relationships.

Stalking
Stalking behavior in which a Student repeatedly engages in a course of conduct directed at another person and makes a credible threat with the intent to place that person in reasonable fear for his or her safety, or the safety of his or her family; where the threat is reasonably determined by the College Disciplinary Officer to create substantial emotional distress, torment, create fear, or to terrorize the person.

Rape 
Under California Penal Code 261, rape is summarized as sexual intercourse against an individual's will accomplished by force or threats of bodily injury; or fear that the victim or another will be injured if the victim does not submit to the intercourse; or where the victim is incapable of giving consent or prevented from resisting due to being intoxicated, drugged, or unconscious or asleep. 
 
For more information go to Rape Abuse Incest National Network RAINN  

Consent 
Consensual sexual activity requires an ongoing, affirmative Consent, for the act in which the participants are involved. More specifically, affirmative Consent means an expressed, affirmative, conscious, and voluntary agreement to engage in sexual activity. It is the responsibility of each person involved in the sexual activity to ensure that he or she has the affirmative Consent of the other, or others, to engage the sexual activity. Lack of protest, or resistance, or silence does not mean Consent. There is no Consent when there is force, expressed or implied, or when coercion, intimidation, threats, or duress is used to obtain Consent. Affirmative Consent must be ongoing throughout a sexual activity, and can be revoked at any time. The existence of a dating relationship between the persons involved, or the fact of past sexual relations between them, should never, by itself, be assumed to be an indicator of Consent. If a person is mentally or physically incapacitated or impaired so that such person cannot understand the fact, nature, or extent of the sexual situation, there is no Consent; this includes impairment or incapacitation due to alcohol or drug consumption, or being asleep or unconscious.