Sexual Assault/Harassment Resources and Support
Pacific community members shall be able to pursue their interests in a safe and respectful environment free from any form of sexual misconduct. The University will not tolerate such acts against its members, will evaluate known incidents of alleged sexual misconduct, and, when appropriate, apply student conduct action. Violations of the Sexual Misconduct Policy are forms of sexual harassment, which constitute prohibited sex-based discrimination, under Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 and other public laws and their associated regulations. University of the Pacific addresses Sexual Misconduct Policy violations as forms of prohibited gender-based discrimination not only as violations of the Student Code of Conduct, but also as a gender-based discrimination grievance through the Student Conduct Review process.
- What is Harassment?
Harassment can take many forms. It can be verbal acts, like name-calling, images and graphics, written statements, or other actions that may be physically threatening, harmful, or humiliating. Harassment can include the use of cell phones or the internet (sometimes known as "cyberbullying"). It does not matter whether the harasser intends to harm or not, and harassment does not necessarily require repeated incidents. For the harassment to be prohibited by Title IX, it must be "on the basis of sex," which includes sexual harassment and gender-based harassment.
- What is Sexual Harassment?
Sexual harassment is unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature. It comes in many forms, and can include sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other conduct-both verbal and non-verbal-of a sexual nature. Sexual touching, sexual comments, jokes, gestures, graffiti, drawings, pictures, and writing can all be examples of sexual harassment.
- What is Sexual Assault?
Sexual assault, including acquaintance rape, is an act of aggression and power. Acquaintance rape accounts for the majority of rapes committed and includes situations in which a victim is physically or mentally unable to consent.
Sexual misconduct offenses include, but are not limited to:
- Sexual Harassment
- Non-Consensual Sexual Intercourse (or attempts to commit same)
- Non-Consensual Sexual Contact (or attempts to commit same)
- Sexual Exploitation
- What is Dating Violence?
Dating Violence is violence committed by a person:
- Who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim; and
- Where the existence of such relationship shall be determined based on a consideration of the following factors:
- The length of the relationship
- The type of relationship
- The frequency of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship
- What is Domestic Violence?
Domestic Violence is defined as violence committed by a current or former spouse or intimate partner of the victim, including:
- A person with whom the victim shares a child in common
- A person who is cohabitating with or has cohabitated with the victim as a spouse
- A person similarly situated to a spouse of the victim under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction receiving grant monies
- Any other person against an adult or youth victim who is protected from that person's acts under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction
- What is Stalking?
Stalking is defined as engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to:
- Fear for their safety or the safety of others
- Suffer substantial emotional distress