If you were unwilling or unable to consent to any form of sexual contact you may have experienced sexual misconduct. Sexual assault/sexual misconduct can happen to anyone, regardless of sex or gender, and it is never the victim's fault. Sexual assault/sexual misconduct is a violation of University policy.
Consent is an affirmative, clear, unambiguous, knowing, informed, and voluntary agreement between all participants to engage in sexual activity. Consent is active, not passive. Silence or lack of resistance cannot be interpreted as consent. Seeking and having consent accepted is the responsibility of the person(s) initiating each specific sexual act regardless of whether the person initiating the act is under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. The existence of a dating relationship or past sexual relations between the participants does not constitute consent to any other sexual act.
The definition of consent does not vary based upon a participant's sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. Affirmative consent must be ongoing throughout the sexual activity and may be withdrawn at any time. When consent is withdrawn or cannot be given, sexual activity must stop.
Consent cannot be given when a person is incapacitated. Incapacitation occurs when an individual lacks the ability to fully, knowingly choose to participate in sexual activity. Incapacitation includes impairment due to drugs or alcohol (whether such use is voluntary of involuntary); inability to communicate due to a mental or physical condition; the lack of consciousness or being asleep; being involuntarily restrained; if any of the parties are under the age of 16; or if an individual otherwise cannot consent.
Consent cannot be given when it is the result of any coercion, intimidation, force, or threat of harm.
Interpersonal violence includes domestic violence, dating violence, stalking and partner violence. Interpersonal violence is also a violation of University policy.
If you would like to report an incident or receive resources, please contact the Title IX Coordinator, Maria Doucettperry by phone at (775) 784-1547, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or submit an online sexual misconduct report.