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Glossary of Important Terms

Student Wellness - Sexual Misconduct


Persons who may be involved:

A person who has experienced a form of sexual misconduct is an individual who has stated that another person has sexually harassed, stalked, sexually assaulted or threatened to sexually assault them. The individual may refer to herself/himself as a “victim” or “survivor” and others speaking with the person should respect and use the term they use.

Secondary Victims are individuals who can offer empathy and compassion to the person who experienced a form of sexual misconduct, and they themselves may also be significantly affected by the sexual misconduct and they may need support.

Person who received the disclosure is the person to whom the individual who experienced sexual misconduct initially disclosed. This person could be a staff or faculty member, or a student staff member. Their role is to listen with kindness and respect to be aware of this protocol, and to inform the individual of the Sexual Misconduct Team (SMRT) to support them.

A person who is accused of sexual misconduct is a person that is accused of the incident by the person who complains that s/he has experienced the sexual misconduct. If they are a member of the campus community, they will also receive information and support throughout the subsequent process and investigation.

Other important terms:

Force or coercion is to cause someone to engage in sexual activity is non-consensual contact. Force, or coercion includes the use of physical violence and/or imposing on someone physically to gain sexual access to that person. Implied or direct threats of harm to self or others, including threats of sexual assault, threats of future harassment, abuse of power or authority, intimidation, coercion, unreasonable and unwelcome pressure for sexual activity, including the use of emotional manipulation or promises for certain things to persuade someone to engage in unwanted sexual activity.

Retaliation or reprisal is an adverse or negative action taken against an individual for raising concerns about conduct that is prohibited by law or policy. Retaliation may include: hostility, intimidation, threat, exclusion, or discrimination because of the individual’s complaint or participation in the investigation process.