Thomas More College

Definitions

Sexual Harassment/ Sexual Exploitation

Generally, sexual harassment can be defined as, but may not be limited to, any repeated, unwarranted or unwelcome offensive or objectionable verbal or physical sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or expressive behavior where:

  1. Submission to such conduct is made explicitly or implicitly a term of condition of an individual’s employment or education;
  2. Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for academic or employment decision affecting the individual;
  3. Such conduct has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with an individual’s academic or professional performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or demeaning employment or educational environment;
  4. Such conduct, actions, or statements are contrary to generally acceptable standards of behavior or professionalism.

Sexual Assault

Sexual assault is an extreme and criminal form of inappropriate sex-related behavior.  It includes any sex-related physical violence or sexual intimacy where one party is not a consenting participant. Consent includes an active giving of permission and DOES NOT include consent given under pressure, force, threats, intimidation, coercion or while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. In order to give consent one must be of legal age and not incapacitated mentally or physically. The College will not tolerate any form of sexual assault and will utilize college disciplinary measures to adjudicate any complaint of such activity.  Additionally, the College will cooperate to the extent possible, with criminal proceedings related to sexual assault.

A victim of sexual assault or inappropriate sexual advances should do the following:

  1. Get medical attention immediately to check for physical injury, the presence of sexually transmitted disease or pregnancy.  This information may also be required in a subsequent investigation.
  2. Preserve all evidence of the incident. Don’t bathe or douche, save your clothing.
  3. Report the incident to campus authorities and/or the police.  Call Campus Safety at (9) 341-4867 or the local police at (9) 911.