Prevention and Advocacy

All Offices & Services

Definitions

  1. “Administrator” means the designee of the Title IX Coordinator.
  2. “Code of Conduct” means the College’s policies, as outlined in the Student Handbook.
  3. “College” means Ursinus College.
  4. “Complainant”refers to the individual against whom the alleged perpetrator demonstrated unwanted sexual conduct.
  5. “Crisis Response Team” means the student affairs professionals trained to manage sexual assault and sexual misconduct cases. 
  6. “Dean of Students” means the Dean of Students (Deborah Nolan, 610-409-3590,dnolan@ursinus.edu) (“DOS”) or designee.
  7. “Effective Consent” means words or actions that show an active, knowing and voluntary agreement to engage in mutually agreed-upon sexual activity. Effective Consent cannot be gained by Force, by ignoring or acting in spite of the objections of another, or by taking advantage of the Incapacitation of another, where the actor knows or reasonably should have known of such Incapacitation. Effective Consent is also lacking when the activity in question exceeds the scope of Effective Consent previously given.
  8. “FERPA” means the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, 20 U.S.C. Section 1232g; 34 C.F.R. Part 99.
  9. “Force” means physical force, violence, threat, intimidation or coercion.
  10. “Hearing Panel” refers to the standing group of students and faculty composed according to the standards outlined in the Student and Faculty Handbooks.
  11. “Incapacitation” means the physical and/or mental inability to make informed, rational judgments. States of Incapacitation include, without limitation, sleep, blackouts, and flashbacks. Where alcohol or other drugs are involved, Incapacitation is a state beyond drunkenness or intoxication, and is defined with respect to how the alcohol consumed impacts a person’s decision-making capacity, awareness of consequences, and ability to make fully informed judgments.
  12. “Non-Consensual Sexual Contact” means Sexual Contact that occurs without Effective Consent.
  13. “Non-Consensual Sexual Intercourse” means Sexual Intercourse that occurs without Effective Consent.
  14. “Relationship Violence” means a pattern of abusive behaviors by one or both parties in an intimate relationship.
  15. “Sexual Assault” is a broad term that includes rape, Non-Consensual Sexual Intercourse, among other forms of forcible Sexual Intercourse.
  16. “Sexual Contact” means the deliberate touching of a person’s intimate parts (including genitalia, groin, breast or buttocks, or clothing covering any of those areas), or using Force to cause a person to touch his or her own or another person’s intimate parts.
  17. “Sexual Exploitation” means taking sexual advantage of another person without Effective Consent, and includes, without limitation, causing or attempting to cause the Incapacitation of another person; causing the prostitution of another person; electronically recording, photographing, or transmitting intimate or sexual utterances, sounds or images of another person; allowing third parties to observe sexual acts; engaging in voyeurism; distributing intimate or sexual information about another person; and/or knowingly exposing someone to a sexually transmitted infection.
  18. “Sexual Harassment” is unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature. It includes unwanted sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, gender-based harassment, and other verbal, nonverbal, electronic, or physical conduct of a sexual nature.
  19. “Sexual Intercourse” means penetration by a penis, tongue, finger, or an inanimate object.
  20. “Sexual Misconduct” is a broad term encompassing “Sexual Exploitation,” “Sexual Harassment,” “Sexual Violence,” “Non-Consensual Sexual Contact,” and “Non-Consensual Sexual Intercourse,” as defined in this Policy. Sexual Misconduct can occur between strangers or acquaintances, including people involved in an intimate or sexual relationship. Sexual Misconduct can be committed by men or by women, and it can occur between people of the same or different sex.
  21. “Sexual Violence” includes rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, and sexual coercion.
  22. “Stalking” means to harass or persecute someone with unwanted and obsessive attention.
  23. The “Title IX Coordinator” for the purposes of this policy is the Associate Dean of Students (Associate Dean of Students Kimberly Taylor, 610-409-3333, ktaylor@ursinus.edu).