What is sexual misconduct?
Sexual misconduct includes sexual or gender-based harassment, sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual exploitation, and stalking. Sexual or gender-based harassment may include unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other conduct of a sexual nature that creates a hostile, intimidating, or abusive environment. Sexual assault and sexual violence are forms of sexual harassment that involve having or attempting to have sexual contact with another person without consent.
What is consent?
Consent is an affirmative decision to engage in mutually acceptable sexual activity given by clear actions or words. It is an informed decision made freely, willingly, and actively by all parties. Consent is informed, knowing, and voluntary. Consent is active, not passive. Silence or an absence of resistance cannot be interpreted as consent. Consent to engage in sexual activity with one person does not imply consent to engage in sexual activity with another; likewise, consent to engage in one form of sexual activity does not imply consent to other forms of sexual activity. Consent can be given by words or actions, as long as those words or actions create mutually understandable permission regarding the conditions of sexual activity.
Consent to sexual activity may be withdrawn at any time. If consent is withdrawn, all sexual activity must immediately cease. Someone is not giving consent if he or she is saying "no" or "stop," crying, moving away or pushing the other(s) away, completely still or unengaged, intoxicated, drugged or high, asleep or unconscious, physically or psychologically pressured or forced, mentally or physically impaired, beaten, threatened, confined, or under the age of 16.
Is sexual misconduct only experienced by women?
No. Both females and males can experience sexual misconduct. In addition, sexual misconduct can occur between individuals of the same gender. If you believe you have experienced any type of conduct that is prohibited by NCCU's Sexual Misconduct Policy, your gender and the gender of the alleged Respondent are irrelevant.