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What is Sexual Misconduct?

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Prohibited Conduct

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.