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SEXUAL HARASSMENT & SEXUAL ASSAULT

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Important:

These webpages are intended as a centralized overview and summary of resources and information related to Iowa State University’s Title IX Sexual Harassment, Sexual Assault, Dating Violence, Domestic Violence, and Stalking policy. The content, information, and definitions provided herein are summary in fashion and do not constitute official University policy. For more information, please refer to the university's full policy

Link to the Office of the Title IX Coordinator and related information: HERE

For more information, please contact dso@iastate.edu.


What is Prohibited TIX Sexual Harassment?

Prohibited Title IX Sexual Harassment means conduct on the basis of sex that satisfies one or more of the following:

  1. Quid pro quo sexual harassment – meaning, an employee (faculty, staff, or studentemployee) of the university conditioning the provision of an aid, benefit, or service of the university on an individual’s participation in unwelcome sexual conduct.
  2. Severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive sexual harassment – meaning, unwelcome conduct (physical and/or verbal conduct) determined by a reasonable person to be so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it effectively denies a person equal access to the university’s education programs or activities.

Elements of severity, pervasiveness, and objective offensiveness must be evaluated in light of the known circumstances and depend on the facts of each situation, but must be determined from the perspective of a reasonable person. Unwelcome conduct so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it denies a person equal educational opportunity is actionable regardless of whether there is an intent to cause harm.

TIX Sexual Harassment Policy

Iowa State University is committed to creating a welcoming and respectful educational, work, living, and campus environment that is free from all forms of sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking. All members of the university community are proscribed from engaging in such prohibited conduct. The university will respond promptly and effectively to reports of prohibited conduct and will take appropriate action to stop, eliminate, remedy, and prevent prohibited conduct. The university provides comprehensive support, education, and reporting mechanisms to all members of the university community to address these critical issues. 

Iowa State University (“ISU” or the “university”) does not tolerate sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, or stalking in its education programs or activities. In this policy, these unacceptable behaviors are collectively referred to as “Prohibited Sexual Harassment” and are specifically defined within the policy and guidance. An individual alleged to have engaged in Prohibited Sexual Harassment is presumed not responsible for the alleged conduct until a determination regarding responsibility is made at the conclusion of the applicable adjudication process.

Title IX Sexual Harassment, Sexual Assault, Dating Violence, Domestic Violence, and Stalking

Sexual Assault

Sexual assault may include:

  • Sex Offenses: Any sexual act including Rape, Sodomy, Sexual Assault with an Object, Fondling, Incest, and Statutory Rape directed against another person, without the consent of the victim, including instances where the victim is incapable of giving consent. More information on the definitions of each sex offense can be found in the TIX Sexual Harassment Procedures

Dating Violence

Dating violence is violence committed by a person:

  • who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim; and
  • where the existence of such a relationship shall be determined based on a consideration of the following factors: the length of the relationship; the type of relationship; and the frequency of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship. 

Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is felony or misdemeanor crimes of violence committed by:

  • a current or former spouse of the victim;
  • by a person with whom the victim shares a child in common;
  • by a person who is cohabitating with or has cohabitated with the victim as a spouse;
  • by a person similarly situated to a spouse of the victim under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction; or
  • by any other person against an adult or youth victim who is protected from that person’s acts under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction.

Stalking

Pursuant to Iowa Code § 708.11, a person commits stalking when all of the following occur: the person purposefully engages in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel terrorized, frightened, intimidated, or threatened or to fear that the person intends to cause bodily injury to, or the death of, that specific person or a member of the specific person’s immediate family; and the person has knowledge or should have knowledge that a reasonable person would feel terrorized, frightened, intimidated, or threatened or fear that the person intends to cause bodily injury to, or the death of, that specific person or a member of the specific person’s immediate family by the course of conduct. 

    If you or a friend may have experienced any of the above, click here for information on how to get help.

    For these definitions and additional information and examples of prohibited conduct, please review the TIX Sexual Harassment Procedures.


    What is Consent?

    The university defines consent for purposes of prohibited Sexual Assault as an informed, voluntary, and active agreement expressed through affirmative words or actions, and mutually understandable to all parties involved, to engage in a specific sexual act at a specific time.

    Consent must be:

    • Informed: the individuals know about and understand the specific sexual activity that they are agreeing to;
    • Voluntary: the individuals agree to the specific sexual activity freely without coercion, intimidation, or undue influence; and
    • Active: the individuals communicate their agreement to engage in the specific sexual activity through affirmative words and/or actions that are reasonably recognizable, i.e., not silence, passivity, lack of resistance, or the absence of no.

    Resources if you have experienced TIX prohibited conduct: General Resource Guide (PDF)
    Resources if you have been accused of TIX prohibited conduct: Respondent Resource Guide (PDF)