Sexual Assault Defined

Sexual assault is having or attempting to have sexual intercourse or sexual contact with another individual without consent. This includes sexual intercourse or sexual contact achieved by the use or threat of force or coercion, where an individual does not consent to the sexual act, or where an individual is incapacitated. Sexual assault includes the following acts:

  • Attempted or Actual Penetrations: Having or attempting to have non-consensual vaginal, anal, or oral penetration, however slight, with any object or body part, with another person.
  • All Other Forms of Non-Consensual Sexual Contact: Having or attempting to have any non-consensual, non-accidental touching of a sexual nature. This touching can include, but is not limited to, kissing or touching the private parts of another, or causing the other to touch the harasser’s private parts.

Other prohibited conduct includes:

Definitions of each of these items can be found in the complete Sexual Assault, Sexual Harassment, and Other Sexual Misconduct Policy, pages 2 – 4.

  • SEXUAL EXPLOITATION
  • STALKING
  • SEXUAL HARASSMENT
  • RETALIATION

  • INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE
  • INCEST
  • STATUTORY RAPE

Sexual Assault Information and Resources for Students booklet

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