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Sexual Assault

According to Loyola's Community Standards, sexual misconduct is sexual activity of any kind and between any two persons without consent, and is expressly prohibited. The requirements of this policy apply to all individuals regardless of sexual orientation, sex, gender identity, or sexual preference.

Consent means permission – a clear “yes” to engaging in the sexual activity. Consent can be communicated by words or actions, but the best way to obtain consent is to openly discuss what each of you wants to do. Consent to one form of sexual activity does not automatically mean consent is given for any other sexual activity. Similarly, past consensual sexual activity does not automatically mean consent for any future sexual activity with the same person. Silence alone does not mean consent. Consent cannot be gained by force, threat, or coercion (unreasonable pressure) and must be freely given. A person cannot give consent if they are incapacitated by alcohol, drugs (including but not limited to “date rape drugs”), or any other physical or mental impairment that makes them unable to fully understand the total circumstances of the sexual act (in other words, the “who, what, when, where, why, and how”). In order to give consent, an individual must be of legal age – which in Illinois is seventeen (17) years old.

Sexual misconduct offenses prohibited by this policy include but are not limited to those categorized as follows:

a. Non-Consensual Sexual Penetration

Non-consensual sexual penetration (commonly known as rape or sexual assault) is defined as:

b. Non-Consensual Sexual Contact

Non-consensual sexual contact (also a form of sexual assault) is defined as:

Sexual contact includes intentional contact by any body part or object with the breasts, buttocks, groin, or genitals; or making another individual touch you or themselves on the breasts, buttocks, groin, or genitals using any body part or object. Sexual contact may also include other intentional bodily contact that is done in a sexual manner.

c. Sexual Exploitation

Sexual exploitation occurs when an individual takes non-consensual or abusive sexual advantage of another individual for the benefit of anyone other than the person being exploited. The behavior may not otherwise fall under the definition of other sexual misconduct offenses. Examples of sexual exploitation include, but are not limited to:

d. Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment is broadly defined as unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature, including but not limited to, unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, nonverbal, or physical sexual conduct, that is serious or pervasive (repetitious) enough to reasonably interfere with or limit a person’s ability to participate in or benefit from the University’s educational programs or services.

Appropriate sanctions may include: Residence Hall or University Suspension and Expulsion.

For more information about how allegations of sexual misconduct are handled, see §409 Gender-Based Misconduct and Title IX.


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