Sexual assault and harrassment
Notre Dame believes that all members of the University community have the right to feel safe and secure, and to be treated with respect and dignity at all times. The University condemns harassment, violence and unjust discrimination of every kind, and asserts that no one in our community should be subject to physical or verbal harassment or abuse. Notre Dame does not tolerate sexual assault or sexual harassment.
What is sexual assault?
Sexual assault occurs when a person is forced, coerced or tricked into sexual acts against their will or without their consent.
What is sexual harassment?
Sexual harassment is any unwelcome sexual behaviour that causes a person to feel offended, humiliated or intimidated. Sexual harassment may include:
- Staring or leering
- Unnecessary familiarity, such as deliberately brushing up against a person or unwelcome touching
- Suggestive comments or jokes
- Insults or taunts of a sexual nature
- Intrusive questions or statements about someone’s private life
- Displaying posters, magazines or screen savers of a sexual nature
- Sending sexually explicit emails or text messages
- Inappropriate advances on social networking sites
- Requests for sex or repeated unwanted requests to go out on dates
- Behaviour that may also be considered to be an offense under criminal law, such as physical assault, indecent exposure, sexual assault, stalking or obscene communications.
What is consent?
Consent occurs when a person freely and voluntarily agrees to engage in a sexual act. Consent cannot be given by people who are:
- incapacitated due to intoxication or the influence of drugs
- incapacitated due to their age or intellectual capacity
- unconscious or asleep
- under threat of or actual force
- intimidated, coerced or threatened
- unlawfully detained or held against their will
- tricked or manipulated due to the person being in a position of trust into providing consent