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Definitions

The term “sexual misconduct” is used to describe behaviors such as:

  • Sexual Assault
  • Sexual Harassment (sending or receiving unwanted sexually explicit photos/messages, making unwanted sexual comments, etc.).
  • Relationship violence such as threats, intimidation, attempted or completed physical violence.
  • Non‐Consensual Sexual Intercourse (or attempts to commit same)
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Non‐Consensual Sexual Contact (or attempts to commit same)
  • Non‐Consensual Sexual Intercourse (or attempts to commit same)
  • Sexual Exploitation: when a student takes non‐consensual or abusive sexual advantage of another for his/her own advantage or benefit, or to benefit or advantage anyone other than the one being exploited, and that behavior does not otherwise constitute one of other sexual misconduct offenses. Examples of sexual exploitation include, but are not limited to:
    • prostituting another student;
    • non‐consensual video or audio‐taping of sexual activity;
    • going beyond the boundaries of consent (such as letting your friends hide in the closet to watch you having consensual sex);
    • engaging in Peeping Tommery

These descriptions are not complete or meant to fully represent terms used in specific policies.  For detailed definitions of these terms, please see the PSU Student Code of Conduct and the Office of Equity and Compliance.  However, any student experiencing any of these behaviors is eligible for the support services listed on this site.