Sexual Misconduct

Sexual Misconduct my include engaging in one or more behaviors including:

  • Sexual harassment  - which can include any unwelcome sexual advance or request for sexual favors, or any conduct of a sexual nature when:
    • the submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individuals education;
    • submission or rejection to such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for academic decisions affecting the individual; or
    • such conduct has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with an individual's academic performance, or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive educational environment. 
    • Examples of conduct which may constitute sexual harassment.
  • Sexual Assault - which shall include but it not limited to a sexual act directed against another person without consent, or when that person is not capable of giving CONSENT.
  • Sexual exploitation - which occurs when a person takes non-consensual or abuse sexual advantage of another for anyone's advantage or benefit other than the person being exploited, an that behavior does not otherwise constitute one of the preceding sexual misconduct offenses.


  • Stalking is defined as repeatedly contacting another person when:
    • The contacting person knows or should know that the contact is unwanted by the other person and
    • The contact causes the person reasonable apprehension of imminent physical harm or the contacting person knows or should know that the contact causes substantial impairment of th other person's ability to perform the activities of daily life.
  • As used in this definition, the term "contacting" includes, but is not limited to:
    • communicating with (including Internet communication via email, instant message, on-line community, or any other internet communication) or
    • remaining in the physical presence of another person.

Intimate Partner Violence

  • Intimate partner violence is any physical or sexual harm against an individual by a current or former spouse or by a partner in a dating relationship that results from:
    • Sexual assault as defined above;
    • Sexual assault in a spousal or cohabiting relationship;
    • Stalking as defined above and under sections 53a-181c, 53a-181d or 53a-181e of the Connecticut General Statutes.
    • Domestic violence;  as designated under 46b-38h of the Connecticut General Statutes.
    • Sexual harassment as defined above;
    • Sexual exploitation as defined above;
    • Physical abuse which can include but is not limited to: slapping, pulling hair, or punching; 
    • Threat of abuse, which can include but is not limited to: threatening to hit, harm or use a weapon on another (whether the victim or acquaintance, friend or family member of the victim) or other forms of verbal threat;
    • Emotional abuse, which can include but is not limited to: damage to one's property, driving recklessly to scare someone, name calling, threatening to hurt one's family members or pets and humiliating another person.
  • The offenses that are designated as "domestic violence" are against family or household members or persons in dating relationships and include assaults, sexual assaults, talking and violations of protective or restratining order issues by a Court. Stalking is one person's repetitive and williful following or lying in wait behavior toward another person that causes that other person to reasonably fear for his or her physical safety. 



Consent is the equal approval, given freely, willingly, and knowingly of each participant to desired sexual involvement. Consent is an affirmative, conscious decision - indicated clearly by worrds or actions - to engage in mutually accepted sexual contact. Consent cannot be assumed because there is no physical resistance or another n

Consent is further defined by the Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education:

  • Consent shall mean the voluntary agreement by a person in the possession and exercise of sufficient mental capacity to make a deliberate choice to do something proposed by another.
  • A person who initially consents to sexual activity shall be deemed not to have consented to any such activity which occurs after that consent is withdrawn.
  • Consent cannot be assumed because there is no physical resistance or other negative response. 
  • A lack of consent may result from mental incapacity (e.g., ingestion of alcohol or drugs which significantly impairs awareness or judgment) or physical incapacity (e.g., the person is unconscious or otherwise unable to communicate consent.)

The definitions contained in this statement are in addition to any state law.