Prohibited Conduct

The descriptions below are short summaries of the full definitions of Prohibited Conduct.

Sexual Harassment is any unwelcome sexual advance, request for sexual favors, and/or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when the conditions outlined in (1) or (2) are present.

Gender-Based Harassment includes harassment based on gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression, which may include acts of aggression, intimidation, or hostility, whether verbal or non-verbal, graphic, physical, or otherwise, even if the acts do not involve contact of a sexual nature when the conditions outlined in (1) or (2) are present

  1. Quid pro Quo: Submission to or rejection of the harassment is used as a basis for decisions affecting an individual’s education, employment, or participation in a MUSC program or activity.
  2. Hostile Environment: Conduct is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive that it unreasonably interferes with, limits, or deprives an individual’s participation in MUSC programs or activities. 

Sexual Violence is sexual intercourse or sexual contact without affirmative consent.

Relationship Violence is any act of violence or threatened act of violence that occurs between individuals who are involved or have been involved in a sexual, dating, spousal, domestic, or other intimate relationship.

Stalking is a course of conduct directed at a specific person which would cause a reasonable person to feel fear for their safety or the safety of others or to experience substantial emotional distress.

Sexual Exploitation is any act where one person violates the sexual privacy of another or takes unjust or abusive sexual advantage of another without their consent.

Retaliation means taking adverse action against an individual who makes a good faith report of Prohibited Conduct and/or participates in a proceeding under this Policy.

Complicity is any deliberate act or failure to act that knowingly or intentionally aids, attempts, assists, promotes, encourages, conceals, or facilitates the commission of a specific act of Prohibited Conduct by another person.

Failure to Follow MUSC Directive is any deliberate act in opposition or violation of a MUSC Directive issued pursuant to this Policy, including but not limited to a No Contact Order or a No Trespass Directive.