Sexual Misconduct Policy
What is the University's Sexual Misconduct Policy?
The Sexual Misconduct Policy seeks to eliminate sexual misconduct from happening, prevent its recurrence and address its effects. This is done through education, training and serious consequences for violation of the Policy. The Policy can be found at http://www.uh.edu/af/universityservices/policies/sam/1GenAdmin/ID8.pdf
What is Sexual Misconduct?
Sexual misconduct encompasses non-consensual sexual activity or unwelcome behavior of a sexual nature such as sexual assault, sexual exploitation, sexual intimidation, sexual harassment, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking.
What is Coogs Get Consent?
Consent is agreeing to an action based on your knowledge of what that action involves, the consequences of that action and having the option of saying no. In a sexual situation, consent works the same way - before engaging in a specific sexual activity, an agreement must be made between the partners . For more information go to: http://www.coogsgetconsent.org
Drugs and Alcohol
Alcohol and other drugs can lower inhibitions and create an atmosphere of confusion over whether consent is freely given.
Forms of Sexual Misconduct
Sexual assault is any form of non-consensual sexual act1v1ty. Examples include sexual intercourse and oral sex. Survivors of sexual assault can be either men or women.
In the event this happens to you, go to Coogs Get Consent tofind specific information for dealing with this crisis.
Sexual exploitation is when someone takes non-consensual or abusive sexual advantage of another for his/her own advantage or benefit or to benefit anyone other than the one being exploited. Examples include non-consensual electronically recording, photographing or transmitting intimate or sexual utterances, sounds or images without the knowledge and consent of all parties involved and voyeurism (spying on others who are in intimate or sexual situations).
Sexual intimidation involves threatening another with a non-consensual sex act such as engaging in indecent exposure.
Sexual harassment includes verbal, written or physical behavior of a sexual nature, directed at someone, or against a particular group, because of that person's or group's sex, or based on gender stereotypes. It also includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and any other physical or verbal conduct of a sexual nature. Examples include pressuring another to engage in sexual behavior for some educational or employment benefit and persistent unwelcome efforts to develop a romantic or sexual relationship .
Domestic violence is a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over another intimate partner.
Dating violence is a violent act committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim.
Stalking is a pattern of repeated and unwanted attention, harassment, contact or any other course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear.
One of the most effective methods of preventing sexual assault is bystander intervention. Some people might be concerned that they are being encouraged to place themselves in jeopardy to stop crimes in progress. This is not the case. There are many situations that occur prior to Sexual Misconduct that are appropriate for intervention. Bystander intervention encourages people to watch for those behaviors and situations that appear to be inappropriate, coercive and harassing.
Ways to Intervene
• Making up an excuse to get a person out of a potentially dangerous situation;
• Letting an individual know that his/her actions may lead to serious consequences;
• Not leaving a person's side who may be in trouble despite the efforts of someone else to get him/her alone or away from you;
• Using a group of friends to remind someone behaving inappropriately that his/her behavior should be respectful;
• Taking steps to curb someone's use of alcohol before problems occur;
• Calling the authorities when the situation warrants.
What If This Happens To YOU!
Below is a listing of places to report Sexual Misconduct.
Office of Equal Opportunity Services
(to seek accommodations or file an internal complaint)
Dean of Students Office
For Confidential or Anonymous Reporting:
Campus crisis counselors can provide safe and confidential support, explain common reactions to crises, and discuss coping methods that may assist immediately following the assault and later. A victim (or any individual who has information about an incident of alleged sexual misconduct) may submit a report through a secure web-based reporting system called MySafeCampus, which allows the option of anonymity. Link: www.mysafecampus.com
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
University of Houston Health Center
See the Sexual Misconduct Policy and Coogs Get Consent for additional resources and all student rights regarding sexual misconduct.