The University of Southern Indiana prohibits sexual assault and presents the following policy.
Willfully, maliciously, and repeated or continuously following or harassing another person in a manner, including electronically, that would cause a reasonable person to feel terrorized, frightened, intimidated, threatened, harassed, or molested is prohibited.
2.9 Sexual Harassment
As part of its commitment to equal opportunity, the University of Southern Indiana prohibits sexual harassment among members of the educational community which include employees and students, including student-to-student and other peer sexual harassment.
Sexual harassment is defined as: “Unwelcome or unwanted advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature on or off campus when:
- Submission to or toleration of such conduct is made explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s employment, academic standing; or
- Submission to or rejection of such conduct is used as a basis for an employment or academic decision affecting such individual; or
- Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work or academic performance, or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment for work or learning.”
2.10 Sexual Imposition
Sexual imposition is much broader than the traditional concept of rape. Sexual imposition is prohibited and involves sexual acts or sexual contacts with others that can involve compelling a victim to submit to sexual acts or contacts by force or threat of force, use of intoxicants to impair the victim's power to give consent, engaging in such acts when there is reasonable suspicion to believe the other person suffers from an incapacitated state which renders him or her incapable of understanding the nature of the contact, provide informed consent, or when the victim is a minor.
The abuse of alcohol or other substances does not relieve individuals of their responsibilities to themselves or others.
* This policy is in compliance with federal regulations implementing Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972.
All student policies can be found in the Code of Conduct.