Sexual assault is any form of unwanted sexual touching (fondling) or sexual penetration (rape) obtained without consent and/or obtained through the use of force, threat of force, intimidation, or coercion. It is a criminal act that can be prosecuted under Minnesota state law, as well as under the college's policies.
In general, behavior is considered sexual harassment when:
Submission to such conduct is made explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual's employment or academic success or
Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for employment or academic decisions affecting such individuals or
The conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's work or academic performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or sexually offensive working environment.
Stalking is best defined as unwanted attention, harassment or pursuit that causes fear. Many behaviors can be called stalking and most often victims know their stalker.
Dating violence is a pattern of behaviors used to exert power and control in a dating, romantic or sexual relationship.
Sexual Assault is a serious form of sexual misconduct that falls under Macalester College’s Sexual Misconduct policy. The policy outlines the college’s zero tolerance policy toward sexual assault, provides guidance for survivors of sexual assault, outlines the college’s disciplinary response to alleged incidents of sexual assault, and identifies the relevant people within the college responsible for managing the policy and programs associated with it. Macalester’s policy complies with relevant state and federal statutes.