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Affirmative consent is freely and affirmatively communicated words or actions given by an informed individual that a sober reasonable person under the circumstances would believe communicate a willingness to participate in the sexual contact.
Relationship violence shall mean actual, attempted or threatened violence by an individual who is, or has been, in a spousal, sexual, or romantic relationship with the individual receiving the actual, attempted or threatened violence.
Stalking shall mean a course of conduct directed at a specific individual that is unwelcome and that would cause a reasonable person to: (1) feel fear for their safety or the safety of others; or (2) experience substantial emotional distress. A course of conduct is multiple acts including,
but not limited to, acts in which an individual directly, indirectly, or through third parties, by any action, method, device, or means, follows, monitors, observes, surveils, threatens, or communicates to or about another individual, or interferes with another individual’s property.
Retaliation shall mean taking an adverse action against an individual because of the individual’s good faith participation in: (a) reporting suspected or alleged prohibited conduct; (b) expressing opposition to suspected or alleged prohibited conduct; (c) participating in an investigation related to a prohibited conduct allegation; or (d) accessing the Office for Conflict Resolution (OCR) to resolve a conflict related to prohibited conduct. To demonstrate that retaliation has occurred, an individual must show that a causal relationship exists between the individual’s actions in (a) through (d) above and the adverse action.
The definitions in the University of Minnesota Administrative Policy: Sexual Harassment, Sexual Assault, Stalking and Relationship Violence include those above and are expanded to provide additional information. The definitions were found toward the bottom of the page).
A term used in the disciplinary process to describe the person who experienced alleged sexual assault.
A term used in the disciplinary process to describe the person accused of an incident of alleged sexual assault.
The Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution website has additional helpful information about terms used in the student conduct process.