Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment is unwelcome, gender-based verbal or physical conduct that is, sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive that it, unreasonably interferes with, denies or limits someone’s ability to participate in or benefit from the college’s educational program and/or activities, and is based on power differentials (quid pro quo), the creation of a hostile environment, or retaliation.

Examples include but are not limited to the following:

  • An attempt to coerce an unwilling person into a sexual relationship
  • To repeatedly subject a person to egregious, unwelcome sexual attention
  • To punish a refusal to comply with a sexual based request
  • To condition a benefit on submitting to sexual advances
  • Sexual violence
  • Intimate partner violence, stalking
  • Gender-based bullying

If you have experienced sexual harassment on campus

  1. Consider your options for filing an informal or formal complaint for unlawful harassment and discrimination. 
  2. See the Title IX Contacts page for information about De Anza's Title IX coordinator and other contacts.

Nonconsensual Sexual Contact

Nonconsensual sexual contact is any intentional sexual touching, however slight, with any object, by a man or a woman upon a man or a woman that is without consent and/or by force. The determination of whether an environment is “hostile” must be based on all of the circumstances. These circumstances could include frequency of conduct, nature and severity of the conduct and whether the conduct unreasonably interfered with the victim's educational performance.

Examples include but are not limited to the following:

  • Intentional contact with another person's genitals
  • Forcing another person to touch your genitals or their own
  • Any intentional bodily contact in a sexual manner
  • Nonconsensual sexual intercourse

If you have experienced nonconsensual sexual contact on campus

  1. Consider your options for filing an informal or formal complaint for unlawful harassment and discrimination. 
  2. See the Title IX Contacts page for information about De Anza's Title IX coordinator and other contacts.

Sexual Exploitation

Sexual exploitation occurs when a person takes non-consensual or abusive sexual advantage of another for his/her own advantage or benefit, or to benefit or advantage anyone other than the one being exploited, and that behavior does not otherwise constitute one of other sexual misconduct offenses.

Examples include but are not limited to the following:

  • Invasion of sexual privacy
  • Prostituting another person
  • Non-consensual video or audio-taping of sexual activity
  • Going beyond the boundaries of consent (such as letting your friends hide in the closet to watch you having consensual sex)
  • Engaging in voyeurism
  • Knowingly transmitting an STI or HIV to another person
  • Exposing one’s genitals in non-consensual circumstances
  • Inducing another to expose their genitals
  • Sexually-based stalking and/or bullying may also be forms of sexual exploitation

If you have experienced sexual exploitation on campus

  1. Consider your options for filing an informal or formal complaint for unlawful harassment and discrimination. 
  2. See the Title IX Contacts page for information about De Anza's Title IX coordinator and other contacts.

Stalking

Stalking is a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to fear for her, his, or other’s safety, or to suffer substantial emotional distress.

Examples include but are not limited to the following:

  • Following someone, with or without his/her knowledge
  • Calling, emailing or texting excessively
  • Knowing someone's schedule and/or showing up at places he/she goes
  • Threatening to hurt someone, his/her friends and family, pets or yourself
  • Damaging property
  • Intimate partner violence, stalking
  • Unwanted romantic gestures such as sending cards and flowers

If you have experienced stalking on campus

  1. Consider your options for filing an informal or formal complaint for unlawful harassment and discrimination. 
  2. See the Title IX Contacts page for information about De Anza's Title IX coordinator and other contacts.
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