Sexual Violence Definitions
Sexual misconduct, sexual violence, sexual harassment, Dating Violence, Domestic Violence and Stalking (as those terms are defined below) are serious offenses that are prohibited by Title IX and that La Salle University will not tolerate, whether the individuals involved are students, faculty members, employees, staff members, guests, business invitees of the University, or other third parties. La Salle University firmly believes in providing an academic environment that is inclusive, values diversity, and in which each of its community members is respected and, thus, is free from all forms of sexual misconduct. All members of the community are responsible for ensuring such an environment exists.
Please refer to the Student Guide to the Resources, Rights, and Responsibilities for the complete La Salle University Harassment & Discrimination Policy.
- Consent must be voluntary and clear; not coerced.
- Consent to one sexual act does not imply consent to a different sexual act. Consent is never implied and cannot be assumed even in the context of a relationship.
- *Someone who is incapacitated cannot consent.
- Past consent i.e. "a previous hookup" does not imply future consent.
- Consent to engage in sexual activity with one person does not imply consent to engage in sexual activity with another.
- Consent can be withdrawn at any time.
Sexual Behavior without Effective Consent is Sexual Assault
* An individual may not be able to give "effective consent" to any type of sexual activity due to the use of drugs or alcohol that
leaves a person incapacitated or an intellectual or other disability.
Is a broad term that describes many prohibited behaviors, including rape, non-consensual sexual contact, sexual assault, sexual violence, sexual harassment, sexual exploitation, and any other discrimination or harassment based on sex or gender.
Includes sexual or gender-based behavior that is unwanted, unwelcome, and/or nonconsensual. It has the effect, whether intended or unintended, of intimidating or violating the freedom of others, Sexual harassment involves an individual’s unlawful exercise of power, intimidation, or control and does not have to involve sexual intimacy or overtly sexual acts. Please refer to the Student Guide to Resources, Rights and Responsibilties for more information.
Is a form of sexual harassment that refers to physical sexual acts perpetrated against a person’s will or against a person incapable of giving consent due to the use of drugs or alcohol. i.e Rape or Sexual Assault. Please refer to the Student Guide to Resources, Rights and Responsibilties for more information.
Defined as violence committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim.
Can be defined as a pattern of abusive behavior that is used by an intimate partner to gain or maintain power and control over the other intimate partner. Domestic violence can be physical, sexual, emotional, economic, or psychological actions or threats of actions that influence another person.
Stalking can be defined as a pattern of repeated and unwanted attention, harassment, contact, or any other course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear.
Any act involving sexual behavior which
places another person in a degrading, exploitative, abusive, or humiliating situation (example: placing photographs of a sexual
nature involving a sexual partner on the Internet).