Important Terms and Concepts

Complainant: An individual who is alleged to be the victim of conduct that could constitute Prohibited Sexual Harassment. 

Respondent: An individual who has been reported to be the perpetrator of conduct that could constitute Prohibited Sexual Harassment. 

Witness: An individual who may have information relevant to a report of Prohibited Sexual Harassment. A witness may be a student, faculty member, staff member, third party, or expert. 

Prohibited Title IX Sexual Harassment: Conduct on the basis of sex that satisfies one or more of the following: 

Quid pro quo sexual harassment—an employee (faculty, staff, or student employee) of the university conditioning the provision of an aid, benefit, or service of the university on an individual’s participation in unwelcome sexual conduct. 

Severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive sexual harassment—unwelcome conduct (physical and/or verbal) determined by a reasonable person to be so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it effectively denies a person equal access to the university’s education programs or activities.