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Syracuse University Policy Statement on Sexual Assault, Sexual Harassment, Stalking or Dating or Domestic Violence

Syracuse University is committed to fostering an environment that is supportive of its primary educational mission and free from discrimination, harassment, exploitation, and intimidation. The
University does not tolerate rape, sexual assault, domestic or dating violence, stalking, sexual coercion, and non-contact sexual abuse such as voyeurism, and sexual exploitation or other forms
of sexual violence or non-consensual sexual activity. All students must comply with the University’s Sexual Harassment, Abuse, and Assault Prevention Policy, available at, which prohibits sexual harassment, sexual assault, and other forms of sexual and relationship violence and discrimination. The following definitions apply:

  1. Harassment - unwelcome behavior of a sexual nature that relates to the gender or sexual identity of an individual and that has the purpose or effect of creating an intimidating,
    offensive, or hostile environment for study, work, or social living. Sexual harassment includes a full range of coercive and unwelcome behaviors, such as unwelcome sexual advances, request for sexual favors, and other verbal, visual, or physical conduct of a sexual nature, including rape and other forms of sexual assault, sexual coercion, and non-contact sexual abuse such as voyeurism and sexual exploitation.
  2. Sexual assault - any actual or attempted sexual intercourse or sexual contact with another individual without affirmative consent.

    Sexual intercourse can involve anal, oral, or vaginal penetration, no matter how slight, with a body part (penis, tongue/mouth, finger, hand) or object. Sexual intercourse without affirmative consent is rape, which is a form of sexual assault.

    Sexual contact in this context is defined as intentionally and for no legitimate purpose touching the sexual or other intimate parts of another person for the purpose of degrading or abusing such person or for gratifying sexual desires; causing another person to touch one’s intimate parts or disrobing or exposure of another without permission. Intimate parts include breasts, genitals, buttocks, groin, mouth or any other part of the body that is touched in a sexual manner.

    Intoxication of the respondent cannot be used as a defense to an alleged sexual assault.
  3. Stalking - Engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to-

    • Fear for the person’s safety or the safety of others; or
    • Suffer substantial emotional distress.
  4. Dating violence and domestic violence - patterns of behavior in which an individual uses physical violence, coercion, threats, intimidation, isolation, or other forms of emotional, sexual, verbal, and/or economic abuse to control their current or former intimate partner.