DePaul University strictly prohibits sexual and relationship violence and threats of sexual and relationship violence, which includes sexual assault, sexual misconduct, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking.
DePaul University is concerned about the safety and well-being of its faculty, staff and students, and about incidents of sexual misconduct, harassment or violence, whether on- or off-campus. If you experience any type of sexual or relationship violence, please know that you have rights, you have options, and support is available for you. Read DePaul's entire institutional policy regarding Sexual and Relationship Violence Prevention and Response here.
Any individual experiencing any type of sexual and/or relationship violence is encouraged to consult this policy. This document is intended as an overview of various policies, procedures, resources and supports. Survivors are encouraged to speak directly with DePaul's Title IX Coordinator or Survivor Support Advocates in DePaul's Office of Health Promotion and Wellness, or other resources, for more information.
Consent, or lack thereof, is critical to the definition of sexual assault. At DePaul:
- Consent is the unambiguous and voluntary agreement to move forwad with a specific sexual request, act or experience.
- Consent cannot be obtained from individuals who are asleep or who have a temporary or permanent mental or physical incapacity, including as a result of drug or alcohol use, or because of age.
- Consent is an affirmative act, not a lack of action.
- Lack of resistance or submission as the result of force, coercion, duress, or threat therefore does not constitute consent.
- The absence of "no" or "stop" should never be interpreted as implicit consent, if consent is otherwise unclear.
- Resistance is not required to demonstrate lack of consent.
The Office of Health Promotion and Wellness' website for Sexual and Relationship Violence also contains more information.