The USI Code of Student Behavior prohibits all forms of Sexual Misconduct. These include Stalking and Assault, Sexual Harassment, Sexual Violence/Assault, and Sexual Exploitation. Sexual misconduct is also prohibited by law.
Consent means that you hear the word "yes", not that you don't hear a "no". You should get consent for each act every time.
Most sexual assaults that happen among college students occur between people who know each other. They also happen in a residence (e.g. apartment) and when one or both people had been drinking. Men can be sexually assaulted as well as women.
To learn more about sexual assault and the resources available on campus to help prevent it and respond to it, visit USI's Sexual Assault Prevention & Response webpage.
You are at a party. During the past hour you notice one of your male friends has been talking to a young woman. They seem to be having a good time but it is clear that the woman has had too much to drink. At one point your friend walks by you and you hear him say he is just going to get her "one more" and "that should be enough". A few minutes later you see him put his arm around the young woman and start to lead her upstairs. What do you do?
- Know your level of comfort with conversation and talk about sexual behavior. If you find groups or individuals who talk about sexual relationships that are not in sync with how you feel, or the type of relationship you want, don't be afraid to state your position.
- Don't joke about sexual assault.
- Don't encourage friends to drink or have sex as often or with as many people as possible.
- Be aware of comments and behaviors from others that would indicate they were intent on having sex even if the partner was unwilling.
- Notice if someone is getting ready to have sex with a partner who is incapacitated.
- Try to find out what is going on.
- Enlist others to help you intervene.
- Distraction can be a great technique. Separate the parties and get them out of the situation.
- If you hear of an assault occurring, contact law enforcement.
- Listen to what the survivor has to say. Believe them.
- Tell them it is not their fault.
- Encourage them to report the assault. They can report it anonymously if they choose. They should contact Public Safety, the local Sheriff's Office, and/or the Dean of Students Office.
- Encourage them to seek medical care whether or not they choose to report.
- Encourage them to talk to a professional counselor. They can contact USI's Counseling Center or Albion Fellows Bacon Center.
- If you learn of the perpetrator's identity, don't suggest or attempt any form of retaliation.