Title IX - Sexual Misconduct
University of Utah policy prohibits sex discrimination, which includes sexual misconduct. Sexual Misconduct is the most egregious form of sex discrimination. Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 is the comprehensive federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded education program or activity.
Policies, procedures, and resources are in place to take immediate and appropriate steps to remedy violations of University policy and the university will take steps to end or eliminate the hostile environment, prevent its recurrence and to remedy the effects, as appropriate under each individual’s circumstances.
Complaints of sexual misconduct should be made directly to the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action.
As defined by University Rule, R1-012: Discrimination Complaint Rule, Sexual Misconduct is a broad term used to encompass a range of behaviors including Sexual or Gender-Based Harassment, Intimate Partner Violence, Sexual Exploitation, Stalking, Nonconsensual Sexual Contact, and Nonconsensual Sexual Penetration. Sexual Misconduct also includes the crimes of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking as defined by state and federal law. Sexual Misconduct is a form of Sex Discrimination. The following definitions of prohibited conduct apply to University policies.
As defined by University Rule, R1-012, Discrimination Complaint Rule, Sexual Harassment means unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature or based on an individual’s sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression when:
- Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s employment, education, living environment, health care or participation in a university program activity;
- Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for or a factor in decisions affecting that individual’s employment, education, living environment, or participation in a university program or activity; or
- Such conduct has the purpose or effect of interfering with an individual’s employment or educational performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment for that individual’s employment, education, living environment, or participation in a university program or activity.
Consent means affirmative, unambiguous, and voluntary agreement. For a nonexhaustive list of situations in which consent has not been given, see Utah Code Ann. 76-5-406.
means actual or threatened physical violence, intimidation, or other forms of physical or sexual abuse that would cause a reasonable person to fear harm to self or others. For this policy, “intimate relationship” means marriage, domestic partnership, engagement, casual or serious romantic involvement, and dating, whether in a current or former relationship. Intimate Partner Violence can occur between persons of any sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression, and it can occur in any type of intimate relationship including monogamous, non-committed, and relationships involving more than two partners. Intimate Partner Violence can be a single act or a pattern of behavior. Intimate Partner Violence is sometimes referred to as, and includes behaviors that would be considered, dating violence, domestic violence, or relationship abuse. Examples of Intimate Partner Violence include, but are not limited to, situations in which the following behaviors are directed toward a partner in a current or former intimate relationship: hitting, kicking, strangling, or other violence; property damage; and threat of violence to one’s self, one’s partner, or the family members, friends, pets, or personal property of the partner. Intimate Partner Violence is a form of Sexual Misconduct.
- such conduct adversely affects a term or condition of an individual’s employment, education, living environment, or participation in a University program or activity; or
- a person’s sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression is used as the basis for or a factor in decisions affecting that individual’s employment, education, living environment, health care, or participation in a University program or activity.
Under university policy, most University employees are required to report situations involving sexual misconduct and discrimination to the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action (OEO/AA)
Some situations may be very personal; we respect your privacy and will protect it in accordance with University of Utah policy and FERPA. Although information about the situation may be reported to the OEO/AA, you have the right to choose to whom you speak, what you say, when you say it and what resources you use. If you prefer to speak first with a confidential resource (confidential resources are not required to report information to the OEO/AA), you may contact one of the groups below.
Information provided to OEO/AA is considered private information and will only be shared with other appropriate university personnel on a very strict need-to-know basis.