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Definitions

Definitions are from the TCU Policy on Prohibited Discrimination, Harassment and Related Conduct. For complete definitions, with examples, please review the full University policy.

Consent: Consent to sexual activity is defined as knowing, active, and voluntary permission between the participants, clearly expressed by words or by actions, to engage in mutually agreed upon sexual activity.

Incapacitation: The inability, temporarily or permanently, to give consent because the individual is mentally and/or physically helpless, either voluntarily or involuntarily, or the individual is  unconscious, asleep, or otherwise unaware that the sexual activity is occurring.

Sexual Harassment: Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and/or other verbal or physical conduct that is based on sex or is sexual in nature.

Gender-Based Harassment: Unwelcome conduct based on gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression, which may include acts of aggression, intimidation, or hostility, whether verbal or non-verbal, graphic, physical or otherwise, even if the acts do not involve contact of a sexual nature.

Sexual Assault: Any sexual act directed against another person without his/her consent, including instances where he/she is incapable of giving consent. Sexual Assault includes Non-Consensual Sexual Contact, Non-Consensual Sexual Intercourse.

Non-Consensual Sexual Contact: The touchingof another person’s intimate parts for the purpose of sexual gratification without consent.

Non-Consensual Sexual Intercourse: The penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object without consent or the oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without consent.

Incest: Sexual intercourse between persons who are related to each other within the degrees wherein marriage is prohibited by law.

Statutory Rape: Sexual intercourse with a person who is under the age of 17 (the age of consent).

Dating Violence: The violence, including but not limited to sexual or physical abuse or threat of such abuse, which occurs between individuals who are has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature.

Domestic Violence: Misdemeanor crime of violence committed by a person against his/her current or former spouse or intimate partner.

Stalking: Engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person which would cause a reasonable person to (1) fear for his or her safety or the safety of others or (2)suffer significant mental suffering or anguish.

Retaliation: Action taken against any person because he/she opposed or made a good faith internal or external report or complaint of conduct of the type prohibited by this policy or because he/she has testified, assisted or participated in an investigation of conduct of the type prohibited by this policy or in related proceedings.