Loyola University Chicago

Wellness Center

Sexual Misconduct

According to the Loyola 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, or gender expression or identity. Sexual misconduct offenses prohibited by this policy include but are not limited to those categorized as follows:

Sexual assault

Sexual exploitation

Sexual harassment

According to Loyola's Community Standards, sexual assault (commonly know as rape) is:

  • Non-consensual sexual penetration
    • any sexual penetration (anal, oral, or vaginal, including any contact between mouth and genitals)
    • however slight
    • using any body part
    • or object
    • by a person upon another person, regardless of sex or gender identity
    • without consent.
  • Non-Consensual sexual contact
    • any intentional sexual contact
    • however slight
    • using any body part
    • or object
    • by a person upon another person, regardless of sex or gender identity
    • without consent

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.

According to Loyola's Community Standards, sexual exploitation occurs when an individual takes non-consensual or abusive sexual advantage of another. The behavior may not otherwise fall under the definition of other sexual misconduct   offenses. Examples of sexual exploitation include, but are not limited to:

  • prostituting oneself or another
  • soliciting or receiving payment or compensation in exchange for sexual activity
  • non-consensual video or audio-taping of sexual activity
  • exceeding the boundaries of consent (for example, letting friends hide in a closet to watch you having consensual sex, or posting consensual sexual photos to a public website without permission to do so)
  • peeping (watching someone without their knowing)
  • knowingly transmitting a sexually transmitted infection (STI) to another individual
  • sexual activity that would be considered incest under Illinois law
  • sexual activity between any person and a person under seventeen (17) years of age

According to Loyola's Community Standards, sexual harassment is broadly defined as unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature (including but not limited to unwelcome sexual advances; requests for sexual favors; exchange of sexual acts for preferential treatment; and other verbal, nonverbal, or physical sexual conduct) that is serious or pervasive (repetitious) enough to substantially interfere with or limit a reasonable person’s ability to participate in or benefit from the University’s educational programs or services, thereby creating a hostile environment.