Types of Sexual Harassment
Sexual harassment is a broad term encompassing any non-consensual behavior of a sexual nature that is committed by force, coercion or intimidation, or that is otherwise unwelcome. Sexual Harassment can occur between members of the same or different sex, strangers or acquaintances, including persons involved in an intimate or sexual relationship.
The following are types of sexual harassment behaviors prohibited by The University of Southern Mississippi, and commonly used by the Title IX Office. For more information and examples of each, refer to the Interim Sexual Harassment Policy And Procedures:
An employee of the University conditioning3 the provision of an aid, benefit, or service of the recipient on an individual's participation in unwelcome sexual conduct.
Unwelcome conduct determined by a reasonable person to be so objectively offensive, pervasive, and severe that it effectively denies a person equal access to the recipient's educational program or activity
Sex Offenses, Forcible—Any sexual act directed against another person, without the consent of the Complainant including instances where the Complainant is incapable of giving consent.
Violence, on the basis of sex, committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the Complainant. The existence of such a relationship shall be determined based on the Complainant's statement and with consideration of the length of the relationship, the type of relationship, and the frequency of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship. For the purposes of this definition—
A felony or misdemeanor crime of violence committed—
*To categorize an incident as Domestic Violence, the relationship between the Respondent and the Complainant must be more than just two people living together as roommates. The people cohabitating must be current or former spouses or have an intimate relationship.
Engaging in a course of conduct on the basis of sex directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to—
For the purposes of this definition—
More Information on Consent, Alcohol, and Drugs
Consent is a clear, unambiguous, and voluntary agreement between the participants, communicated by clearly understandable words or actions, to engage in each form of sexual activity. The lack of informed, freely given consent to sexual contact constitutes sexual misconduct.
Although someone can communicate consent in a nonverbal manner, verbal communication is the most reliable form of asking for and gauging consent. Therefore, we encourage individuals to seek and communicate consent in a verbal manner. Having a conversation with your partner may be awkward but serves as the basis for healthy relationships shaped by mutual willingness and respect.
Alcohol and Drugs
Research shows that alcohol use plays a significant role in most campus sexual assault incidents. Sex under the influence of alcohol is not automatically nonconsensual, but alcohol use affects decision-making, impairs judgment, and may result in increased misperceptions regarding sexual interest and consent. In addition, a person incapacitated cannot give consent.
INCAPACITATION is a state where someone cannot make rational, reasonable decisions because they lack the capacity to give effective consent. In other words, they lack the ability to understand the "who, what, where, when, why or how" of their sexual interaction.
Sexual activity with someone who one should know to be—or based on the circumstances
should reasonably have known to be— mentally or physically incapacitated (by alcohol
or other drug use, unconsciousness or blackout), constitutes a violation of the University's
Interim Sexual Harassment Policy And Procedures. The Respondent's level of alcohol
will never function as a defense to a violation of this policy. This policy also covers
a person whose incapacity results from mental disability, sleep, involuntary physical
restraint, or from the taking of rape drugs. Possession, use and/or distribution of
any of rape drugs, e.g. Rohypnol, Ketamine, GHB, Burundanga, etc. is prohibited, and
administering these drugs to another person is a violation of this policy.
The Violence Against Women Act requires that institutions provide written notice to students and employees about “existing counseling, health, mental health, victim advocacy, legal assistance, visa and immigration assistance, student financial aid, and other services available for victims, both within the institution and in the community.
The State University of New York System (SUNY) worked with immigration law to develop a two-page, plain-language resource that describes additional rights and resources available to immigrant and international student victims/survivors of violence.
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