What is Sexual Misconduct?
Sexual misconduct definitions below are simplified for increased understanding. For the specific policy definitions of prohibited conduct, refer to University of Maryland Sexual Misconduct Policy & Procedures (pdf).
- Refers to action that is taken against an individual because they reported discrimination or sexual misconduct, filed a complaint of discrimination or sexual misconduct, or participated in an investigation or proceeding concerning a discrimination or sexual misconduct complaint. Retaliation in any form is prohibited.
- A course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear.
- Sexual intimidation
- Threats to sexually assault, indecent exposure.
- Relationship violence
- Abusive or coercive behavior within a dating or intimate relationship intended to control the other party - may be threats of violence, threatening behavior, etc.
- Sexual exploitation
- Taking advantage of someone sexually - electronically recording or taking photos of a person without their consent of intimate body parts, etc.
- Sexual harassment
- Harassing behavior of a sexual nature that either 1) creates a hostile work environment, or 2) presents a “this for that” abuse of power dynamic of a sexual nature.
- Sexual assault II
- Unwanted touching of intimate body parts.
- Sexual assault I
- Also referred to as rape, meaning penetration however slight of the vagina, anus or mouth.