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    Sexual Violence Definitions

    Coercion: exerting an unreasonable degree of pressure, duress, or cajoling when reasonably aware that physical sexual conduct is unwelcome.

    Consent: Words or specific actions by a person that are intended to communicate a current, freely made agreement to perform or experience a sexual act with a particular person.

    Force: Use of physical force, threats, intimidation or coercion to commit sexual assault

    Incapacitated: Unable to consent to sexual activities due to use of alcohol or drugs impairing judgment, developmental disabilities, lack of consciousness, or similar temporary conditions.

    Intimidation: The use of power or authority to compel the recipient to acquiesce or cooperate.

    Person in a Position of Authority: Any University administrator, dean, director, assistant director or officer of the University, specifically including the Dean of Students, Assistant Dean of the Law School, Residential Life professional staff, and Safety and Security staff. RAs are not considered persons in authority; although RAs are required to report incidents to their area director.

    Physical Force: Intentional physical impact upon another, use of physical restraint or use of a weapon.

    Sexual Assault: Intentional sexual conduct with another person occurring without that person’s consent.

    Sexual Contact: includes but is not limited to sexual touching including kissing, intentional touching of the breasts, buttocks, vagina, penis or intrafemoral area in a sexual manner, and/or penetration of the anus, mouth or vagina with the penis, finger or other object in a sexual manner, or coercion to force someone else to touch one’s genitals, buttocks, breast, or intrafemoral area. These definitions apply whether the person being touched is fully clothed, partially clothed or unclothed.

    Sexual Harassment: Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, sexually motivated physical contact or other verbal or physical conduct or communication of a sexual nature when:

    1. Submission to that conduct or communication is made a term or condition either implicitly or explicitly, of obtaining their education
    2. Submission or rejection of that conduct or communication by an individual is used as a factor in decisions affecting that individual's education; or
    3. That conduct or communication has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with an individual's employment or education, or of creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive educational environment.

    Sexually Inappropriate Conduct: Unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature, or directed at a person because of their gender, which does not rise to the level of harassment or assault but which is disruptive or offensive to a reasonable person of a background similar to the recipient. This conduct may include crude, obscene or threatening gestures, unwelcome sexual comments, and seeking invasive proximity to an individual (stalking).

    Threats: the use of statements, directly or by implication, that are intended to compel the recipient to do something they would not do by suggesting, promising or stating that negative consequences would result from the recipient failing to acquiesce or cooperate. 

    List of Related Policies

    Sexual Misconduct Policy
    Hamline University collects its policies that address sexual misconduct by and towards students into one policy. These include the policy against Sexual Assault of Students, the Policy against Sexual Harassment Amongst Students, the Policy Against Sexually Inappropriate Conduct and Prohibition Against Reprisal (collectively "Sexual Misconduct Policies"). These Sexual Misconduct Policies contain procedures for handling complaints of sexual assault, sexual harassment or sexually inappropriate conduct.

    Discrimination and Harassment Policy The fundamental principle underlying this policy is that an academic community must be open to discourse and full participation by each of its members. Discrimination or harassment designed to silence, stigmatize, marginalize, or exclude any individual is not only unjust and unfair, but also is incompatible with the university mission to educate and to seek truth.

    Response to Crimes Against Persons
    Unfortunately there may be times when Hamline students will be victims of crimes such as assault. The purpose of these guidelines is to provide information and suggestions for victims of such crimes.

    Student Judicial System
    The sections preceding and including "Interim Suspension" apply to all undergraduate, law, and graduate students. The sections including and following "Judicial Process" through "Disciplinary Records" outline the undergraduate and graduate judicial process only. Law students should refer to the "Code of Conduct" section of the School of Law policies.

    Violence Prevention Policy
    Hamline University does not tolerate acts of violence committed by or against any members of the campus community. Hamline University strictly prohibits employees and students from making threats or engaging in violent acts. This policy applies to all employees and students and to all physical locations where Hamline University meets or otherwise has a physical presence.

    Please refer to the complete list of Hamline Policies for more information.

    Who Do I Contact?

    General On-Campus Resources

    Safety and Security Office (24/7)


    Dean of Students Office


    Confidential On-Campus Resources

    Counseling and Health Services


    Religious and Spiritual Life in the Wesley Center


    Off-Campus Resources

    Saint Paul Police

    911 or 651-291-1111

    Sexual Offense Services (SOS) - 24 hour crisis line


    Region Hospital SANE Nurse


    Hennepin County Medical Center


    Battered Women's Crisis Line




    Aurora Center
    Aurora Center Information
    Sexual Assault Information Packet
    Sexual Assault Statistics
    Sexual Offense Services
    Information for Male Victims
    Information for Friends and Family of Victims