What is Sexual Misconduct?
Sexual misconduct encompasses any unwelcome behavior of a sexual nature that is committed without consent or by force, intimidation, coercion or manipulation. Sexual misconduct can occur between persons of the same or different genders. 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 Harassment
Sexual Harassment is gender-based verbal, written or physical activity 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.
- Intimate Partner Violence
Intimate Partner Violence is physical, sexual, or psychological harm by a current or former partner or spouse. This type of violence can occur among partners of any sex or gender.
- Sexual Exploitation
Sexual Exploitation is taking non-consensual or abusive sexual advantage of another for one’s own advantage or benefit or to benefit another person.
- Non-Consensual Sexual Contact (or attempt to commit same)
Non-Consensual Sexual Contact is any intentional sexual touching however slight, with any object (penis, finger, tongue, or other object), by a person upon another person without consent. Sexual contact includes intentional contact with the breasts, buttocks, groin, or genitals, or touching with any of these body parts, or making another touch another person or themselves with any of these body parts or any other intentional bodily contact of a sexual manner.
- Non-Consensual Sexual Intercourse (or attempt to commit same)
Non-Consensual Sexual Intercourse is unwanted penetration of the vagina or anus with a penis, finger, tongue, or other object, and oral copulation (mouth to genital contact or genital to mouth contact).
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.