What is Sexual Misconduct?
Sexual misconduct encompasses sexual and gender-based harassment, sexual and gender-based stalking, interpersonal violence (including dating and domestic partner violence), sexual exploitation, non-consensual sexual contact (sexual assault), and non-consensual sexual intercourse (rape), against individuals of any sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation. Sexual misconduct may vary in its severity and consist of a range of behaviors or attempted behaviors.
Sexual Misconduct includes but is not limited to:
- Sexual or Gender-Based Harassment Sexual Harassment is unwelcome verbal, physical, or other conduct of a sexual or gender-based nature that is so severe, pervasive or objectively offensive that it interferes with an individual’s academic performance or ability to benefit from the educational opportunities or activities of the university or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work, living or academic environment.
- Sexual or Gender-Based Stalking Sexual or Gender-Based Staling (including on-line activity) is a course of action (more than one behavior) targeted at an individual or group using various forms of contact tp pursue, harass, or to make unwelcome contact with another person in an unsolicited fashion that would cause a reasonable person with similar identities and circumstances to feel harassed or afraid, or cause fear for or by a third party.
- Interpersonal Violence
Interpersonal Violence (including Dating and Domestic Partner Violence) is harm or threat of harm by a current or former partner or spouse, or a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature. The harm or threat of harm can involve physical, sexual, psychological, economic, emotional, or other aspects.
- Sexual Exploitation
Sexual Exploitation is taking non-consensual or abusive sexual advantage of another person for one’s own or another’s advantage or benefit.
- Non-Consensual Sexual Contact (or attempt to commit same) Non-Consensual Sexual Contact is any intentional sexual contact that occurs without consent or capacity to give consent or by threat or use of force. Sexual contact includes touching of a person’s intimate parts (including genitalia, groin, breast, or buttocks, or clothing covering any of those areas), or using force to cause a person to touch their own or another person’s intimate parts.
- Non-Consensual Sexual Intercourse (or attempt to commit same)
Non-Consensual Sexual Intercourse is penetration of the vagina or anus with a penis, finger, tongue, or other object, or oral copulation (mouth to genital contact or genital to mouth contact) without consent or capacity to give consent or by threat or use of force.
Willamette University recognizes that harassing conduct related to an individual's sex, sexual orientation, or gender presentation can occur in conjunction with conduct related to an individual's race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, age, or disability. Targeting individuals on the basis of these characteristics is a violation of the university’s Standards of Conduct. In these situations, the university will usually address, at the investigation and hearing stages, the harassing conduct related to the targeted individual's sex, sexual orientation, or gender presentation together with the conduct related to the targeted individual's race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, age, or disability.