Title IX

Prohibiting Sex Discrimination

Why the term “Sexual Misconduct”?

“Sexual Misconduct” is a broad term including, but not limited to, committing a Sexual Act without Consent, Sexual Contact without Consent, Sexual Exhibitionism, Sexual Exploitation, or Sexual Harassment. This may include sexually based violence that may be physical, emotional, financial and/or abusive. Sexual Misconduct can occur between strangers or acquaintances, including people involved in an intimate or on-going sexual relationship. It can occur between roommates or within a family. Sexual Misconduct can be committed by men or women, and it can occur between people of the same or different sex. Additional definitions of the violations mentioned in this definition can be found in the Policy on Student Sexual Misconduct Complaints.

Why should I report a sexual assault?

According to two recent studies, 3 to 6 percent of college-aged men admit to having completed or attempted a sexual assault. Of that 3 to 6 percent, 67 percent have completed or attempted multiple sexual assaults. The average number of victims varied by study from 6.2 to 14. If you have been assaulted by someone, it is statistically likely that that perpetrator has assaulted someone else and will assault another person.

May the University discipline a student for sexual misconduct even if the student is not convicted in a court of law?

Yes, the University may discipline students pursuant to the Student Code of Conduct. The University disciplinary process is unrelated to any other criminal procedure. An important difference to keep in mind is that the standard of proof in a criminal proceeding is “beyond a reasonable doubt,” whereas the standard for sexual misconduct in a University proceeding is “preponderance of the evidence.”