Sexual Misconduct Policy


Lewis University Sexual Misconduct Policy

Lewis University does not tolerate sexual misconduct of any type. Our Catholic, Lasallian tradition sees each and every human as created in the image of God, full of dignity and worth. Sexual misconduct is a serious affront to one’s dignity as a person. Sexual misconduct includes but is not limited to sexual harassment, non-consensual sexual intercourse, non-consensual sexual contact and sexual exploitation, as defined below.

Consent: What is it and what does it “look” like?

Consent is a clear, knowing and voluntary positive agreement between participants to engage in specific sexual activity.

  • Consent is active, NOT passive. Silence, in and of itself, CANNOT be interpreted as consent.
  • Consent CAN be given by words or actions, as long as those words or actions create mutually understandable permission regarding conditions of sexual activity.
  • Consent can be withdrawn at any time by all parties involved.
  • Consent must be clear and unambiguous. While it may be awkward talking about your expectations it may lead to a positive experience.

What is NOT consent?

Consent cannot be procured by use of physical force, compelling threats, intimidating behavior, or coercion. When sexual activity takes place those participating individuals must be capable of controlling their physical actions and capable of making rational, reasonable decisions about their sexual behavior.

  • Coercive behavior differs from seductive behavior based on the type of pressure someone uses to get consent from another.
  • Consent to a specific sexual act does not imply consent to other sexual acts.
  • When someone makes clear to you that they do NOT want sex, which they want to stop, or that they do not want to go past a certain point of sexual interaction continued pressure beyond that point can be coercive.
  • Previous relationships, current relationships, or prior consent does not imply consent
  • In order to give consent one must be of legal age

Consent and Alcohol

*It is important to note that if you have sexual activity with someone who you know to be, or should know to be, mentally or physically incapacitated because of alcohol and or other drug use, you are in violation of the sexual misconduct policy. Use of alcohol and other drugs will never function to excuse behavior that violates this policy.

Consent vs. Nonconsent

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