Sexual Misconduct

Stonehill College strictly prohibits sexual misconduct in all forms.  Sexual misconduct includes the following:

  • Non-Consensual Sexual Intercourse, which is the penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim. 
  • Non-Consensual Sexual Contact, which includes but is not limited to, the touching of the private parts of another person, without the consent of the victim, including instances where the victim is incapable of giving consent because of their age or because of their temporary or permanent mental incapacity. 
  • Sexual Exploitation, which occurs when a student takes advantage of another without their consent for their own advantage or benefit, to benefit or advantage anyone other than the one being exploited, or behavior that does not otherwise constitute one of the other offenses specifically noted in this Policy.  Examples of sexual exploitation include, but are not limited to:
    • Sexual exhibitionism
    • Prostitution or the solicitation of a prostitute, escort or the solicitation of an escort
    • Non-consensual video, photographing, or audio-recording of sexual activity and/or distribution of these materials without the consent of all parties via mediums such as the internet or cellular technologies
    • Going beyond the boundaries of consent (e.g. allowing people to watch consensual sex without knowledge of the participants)
    • Peeping or other voyeurism, which is the act of observing a person involved in sexual contact/activity, sexual intercourse, or in a state of undress without their knowledge or consent.
    • Knowingly transmitting a Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) to another individual
  • The use of drugs or alcohol to render another person physically or psychologically incapacitated as a precursor to or part of sexual activity.
  • Sexual Harassment, which includes, but is not limited to:
    • Sexual advances, whether or not they involve physical touching
    • Requests for sexual favors in exchange for actual or promised job or academic benefits, such as favorable reviews, salary increases, promotions, increased benefits or academic advantages (also known as quid pro quo harassment)
    • Lewd or sexually suggestive comments, including jokes innuendos or gestures,
    • Stripping and/or the solicitation of stripping
    • Displaying sexually suggestive objects, pictures, magazines or cartoons
    • Commenting about or inappropriately touching an individual’s body
    • Inquiries or discussion about an individual’s sexual experiences or activities and other written or oral references to sexual conduct


For more information regarding sexual harassment, please see Policy E3.35 Opposition to Sexual Harassment.  


Further, for information regarding consensual employee-student relations, see Policy E3.47 Employee-Student Consensual Relations.  College policy generally prohibits employees from engaging in romantic or sexual relations with students who are enrolled at the College, even if the relationship is consensual.