University Policy

Sexual and Relationship Misconduct

Creighton condemns all forms sexual and relationship misconduct. The University will take all reasonable efforts to prevent and promptly address instances sexual and relationship misconduct as they occur within the Creighton community.

 

The Harassment, Discrimination, Sexual and Relationship Misconduct Policy applies to all faculty, staff and students. It provides definitions for sexual and relationship misconduct, as well as the processes by which the University will address reports of such misconduct.


If you have experienced sexual and/or relationship misconduct, the Office of Equity and Inclusion may be able to provide you with options and resources under this policy.

Sexual Misconduct

Sexual Harassment

Sexual Harassment

Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute sexual harassment where:

1. Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual's employment or academic progress,

2. Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for employment or academic decisions affecting such individual, or

3. Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with (denying of limiting) an individual's work or academic performance or creating a hostile educational or workplace environment.

Non-Consensual Sexual Intercourse (i.e. Rape)

Non-Consensual Sexual Intercourse (i.e. Rape)

Any sexual intercourse, however slight, with any object or body part, that is without consent and/or by force or coercion.

Intercourse includes: vaginal and/or anal penetration by a penis, object, tongue, or finger; oral copulation (mouth to genital penetration or genital to mouth penetration).

Non-Consensual Sexual Contact (i.e. Fondling)

Non-Consensual Sexual Contact (i.e. Fondling)

Any sexual touching, however slight, with any object or body part, that is without consent and/or by force or coercion.

Sexual touching includes: intentional contact with the breasts, buttock, groin, or genitals, or touching another with any of these body parts (includes direct skin to skin contact, contact with bodily fluids, or contact over clothing); making another touch you or themselves with or on any of these body parts (breasts, buttocks, groin, or genitals); any intentional bodily contact in a sexual manner, though not involving contact with/of/by breasts, buttocks, groin, genitals, mouth or other orifice.

Sexual Exploitation

Sexual Exploitation

Taking sexual advantage of another person for the benefit of oneself or a third party when consent is not present. This includes, but is not limited to the following actions (including when they are done via electronic means, methods or devices):

1. Invasion of sexual privacy;

2. Prostituting another individual;

3. Non‐consensual video or audio‐taping of sexual activity;

4. Sharing or distributing sexual information, images, or recordings of another individual without permission;

5. Engaging in voyeurism or arranging voyeuristic opportunities for others;

6. Knowingly transmitting an STI or HIV to another individual;

7. Exposing oneís genitals in non‐consensual circumstances;

8. Inducing another to expose their genitals;

9. Sexually‐based stalking and/or bullying.

Incest

Incest

Sexual intercourse between persons who are related to each other within the degrees wherein marriage is prohibited by the laws of the state in which the incident occurred.

In Nebraska, this is set forth in Neb. Rev. Stat. ß 28-702 and 703 (1).

Statutory Rape

Statutory Rape

Sexual intercourse with a person who is under the statutory age of consent under the laws of the state in which the incident occurred.

In Nebraska, it is a first degree felony for an individual 19 years of age or older to subject another to sexual penetration if the victim is at least twelve, but less than sixteen.

Relationship Misconduct

Dating Violence

Dating Violence

A pattern of intimidation, physical assault, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior committed by one partner in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature (serious or casual, monogamous or not, short- or long-term) against the other current or former partner.  Examples of dating violence include, but are not limited to:

  • Physical: Hitting, slapping, shoving, punching, grabbing, pinching, biting, hair pulling, strangling.
  • Sexual: Sexual assault, coercing or attempting to coerce any sexual act without consent, treating an individual in a sexually demeaning manner.
  • Emotional: Actions and/or words that diminish an individualís self-worth or self-esteem.
  • Psychological: Threats of physical harm to self, partner, children, or partnerís family or friends, destruction or threats of destruction of pets or property, forced isolation from family, friends, school and/or work, or any behaviors that intimidate, manipulate, humiliate, isolate, frighten, coerce, threaten, blame, or injure someone.
  • Economic: Withholding an individualís access to money, restricting access to an individualís education or employment, maintain total control over an individualís financial resources.

Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence

A pattern of intimidation, physical assault, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior committed by one partner against the other partner where the individuals are current or former spouses, individuals who share a child in common, or individuals who are co-habitating or who have co-habitated.  Examples of domestic violence include but are not limited to

  • Physical: Hitting, slapping, shoving, punching, grabbing, pinching, biting, hair pulling, strangling.
  • Sexual: Sexual assault, coercing or attempting to coerce any sexual act without consent, treating an individual in a sexually demeaning manner.
  • Emotional: Actions and/or words that diminish an individualís self-worth or self-esteem.
  • Psychological: Threats of physical harm to self, partner, children, or partnerís family or friends, destruction or threats of destruction of pets or property, forced isolation from family, friends, school and/or work, or any behaviors that intimidate, manipulate, humiliate, isolate, frighten, coerce, threaten, blame, or injure someone.
  • Economic: Withholding an individualís access to money, restricting access to an individualís education or employment, maintain total control over an individualís financial resources.

Stalking

Stalking

A pattern of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to fear for their safety, the safety of others, or to suffer substantial emotional distress.