Definitions

The University of Dallas considers the terms below when defining Personal or Sexual Violence:

"Accused Party" refers to any individual who is identified by the Reporting Party as the perpetrator of sexual or relationship violence.

"Dating Violence" refers to violence committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim. Whether a relationship exists will be determined based on the Reporting Party's statement and considering the length and type of the relationship, and the frequency of interaction. Dating violence includes, but is not limited to sexual or physical abuse. For purposes of this Policy, "Dating Violence" is included within the collective category of "Relationship Violence".

"Domestic Violence" refers to violence committed by a current or former spouse or intimate partner, current or former cohabitant, a person with whom the victim shares a child in common, a person similarly situated to a spouse under domestic or family violence law, or anyone else protected under domestic or family violence law. Domestic violence includes any behavior that may intimidate, manipulate, humiliate, isolate, frighten, terrorize, coerce, threaten, blame, hurt, injure or wound someone. For purposes of this Policy, "Domestic Violence" is included within the collective category of "Relationship Violence".

"Responsible Employee" refers to all professional staff of the University and residence hall staff, except professional counselors in the Counseling Center, medical professionals in the Student Health Center and other designated pastoral personnel are not considered "Responsible Employees".

"Reporting Contact" refers to individuals or entities who have been designated to receive a report of sexual or relationship violence. While a person is encouraged to report an incident to a person of his/her choice, the University has designated the following Reporting Contacts to receive reports of sexual or relationship violence. The designated Reporting Contacts have been trained to make the Reporting Party aware of available options and alternatives, to aid the Reporting Party in making an informed decision as to a course of action, and to enable the Reporting Party to follow through in that decision. The designated Reporting Contacts are:

Although certain individuals or entities are designated Reporting Contacts, all employees who are aware of sex-based harassment, including sexual assault and relationship violence, are required to promptly report the information to a Reporting Contact unless otherwise designated as a confidential resource.

"Reporting Party" refers to an individual who makes a report about an incident involving sexual or relationship violence. A Reporting Party does not need to be a victim of sexual or relationship violence and may act as a third party to file a report on a student's behalf. To avoid confusion, however, in most contexts within this Policy, "Reporting Party" refers to the person who has experienced the sexual or relationship violence.

"Sexual Violence" refers to physical sexual acts perpetrated against a person's will or where a person is incapable of giving consent (e.g., due to the student's age or use of drugs or alcohol, or because an intellectual or other disability prevents the student from having the capacity to give consent). For purposes of this policy sexual violence includes rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, sexual abuse and sexual coercion. Sexual violence is a form of sex discrimination prohibited by Title IX.

"Stalking" refers to a course of conduct engaged in by a person that is directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to fear for their safety or the safety of others, or to suffer substantial emotional distress.

"Sexual Assault" refers to any sexual act directed against another person, without the consent of the victim, including instances where the victim is incapable of giving consent. The definition includes:

"Sexual Harassment" refers to unwelcome, unsolicited and offensive conduct that is severe or pervasive and tends to injure, degrade, disgrace, or show hostility toward a person because of a person's gender and may include persons of the same sex. Sexual assault is a severe form of sexual harassment and a single incident of sexual assault may be sufficient to create a hostile environment.

"Title IX Coordinator" refers to the person responsible for overseeing all sex discrimination, sexual harassment and sexual and relationship violence complaints at the University. The Title IX Coordinator is also responsible for conducting an annual report and review of all complaints to identify and address any patterns or systematic problems within the University community.

 

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