Definition of Prohibited Behaviors

Provided below are clear definitions of sexual assault, sexual misconduct, and consent.

Sexual Assault is defined as engaging in sexual intercourse with any person without that person's consent. Sexual intercourse is the penetration, however slight, of the vagina, or anus with any object or body part and of the mouth with a sexual body part or sexual object. Students found responsible for violating the sexual assault section of this Policy will be expelled.

Sexual Misconduct is defined as the act of making sexual contact with the intimate body part of another person without that person's consent. Intimate body parts include the sexual organs, the anus, the groin or buttocks of any person, or the breasts of a female. Students found responsible for violating the sexual misconduct section of this Policy will be suspended for a minimum of 1 year and will be required to complete an educational sanction assigned by the DHB.

Consent is defined as unambiguous and willing participation or cooperation in act or attitude that is commonly understood to be consistent with the exercise of free will. Consent requires participants who are fully conscious, are equally free to act, have clearly communicated their willingness, cooperation, or permission to participate in a specific sexual activity, are positive and clear in their desires, and are able to cease ongoing consensual activity at any time. Refusal to consent does not have to be verbal; it can be expressed with gestures, body language or attitude. A prior sexual history between the complainant and respondent does not constitute consent.

Consent is not freely given if:

1. It is obtained through the use of force, through the fear of or the threat of force, or by kidnap; or

2. A reasonable person in the position of the alleged perpetrator at the time the alleged conduct occurred should have known that the other person was unable to give consent for any of the following reasons:

  • The individual is unable to make an informed decision as a result of alcohol or other drugs (including but not limited to predatory drugs or prescribed medications); or
  • The individual is unconscious, asleep, or suffering from shock; or
  • The individual is under the age of eighteen and therefore legally unable to give consent; or
  • The individual has a known mental disorder or developmental or physical disability, and therefore legally unable to give consent.

3. The individual has acted or spoken in a manner which expresses he or she refuses to give consent.