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The University investigative process will not wait for the completion of a criminal investigation in order to proceed.
Although the University strongly encourages all members of its community to report violations of this policy to law enforcement, it is the victim's choice whether or not to make such a report and victims have the right to decline involvement with the police.
Criminal and University investigations are separate and may be conducted simultaneously.
Sexual assault includes non-consensual sexual intercourse. Communication of mutually understandable words or actions, freely, actively, and affirmatively given that indicate a willingness to participate in mutually agreed upon sexual activities or actions.
Consent is mutually understandable when a reasonable person would consider the words or actions of the parties involved to do the same thing, in the same way, at the same time.
Examples of Harassment: is any intentional sexual touching, directly, or over clothing, however slight, with any body part or object, without explicit consent.
It is also considered sexual assault if the individual is forced to touch the intimate parts of another individual.