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What is Sexual and Interpersonal Misconduct?

Sexual and interpersonal misconduct can take many forms including, but not limited to the following:

  • Rape
  • Sexual battery
  • Sexual assault
  • Unwelcome sexual advances
  • Unsolicited requests for sexual favors
  • Unwelcome contact with an intimate body part
  • Nonconsensual exposure of a sexual nature
  • Sexual coercion
  • Prostituting another person
  • Sexual exploitation
  • Invasion of sexual privacy
  • Dating violence
  • Domestic violence
  • Stalking

Consent is the unambiguous and willing participation or cooperation in act, behavior or attitude that is commonly understood to be consistent with the exercise of free will. It is the responsibility of each person involved in the sexual activity to ensure that they have the affirmative consent of the other(s) to engage in the sexual activity. Consent requires participants who are lawful adults, fully conscious, equally free and legally competent to act, have clearly communicated their willingness, cooperation or permission to participate in the specific sexual activity engaged in, are positive and clear about their desires and are able to cease ongoing consensual activity at any time. Refusal to consent does not have to be verbal; it can be expressed with clear gestures, body language or attitude. Lack of protest or resistance does not mean consent, nor does silence mean consent. Prior sexual history between the individuals, by itself, does not constitute consent, nor does consenting to sexual activity with one person imply consent to sexual activity with another person.

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LMU CARES (Campus Awareness Resource Education Services)

Sexual & Interpersonal Misconduct policies