Sexual assault includes any conduct that involves non-consensual sexual penetration or nonconsensual personal contact of a sexual nature. Under the UO Student Code of Conduct, sexual assault is referred to as sexual misconduct. Applicable definitions from the Student Code of Conduct are as follows.
Explicit consent: voluntary, non-coerced and clear communication indicating a willingness to engage in a particular act. “Explicit consent” includes an affirmative verbal response or voluntary acts unmistakable in their meaning.
Mental disorder: a person suffers from a mental disease or disorder that renders that person incapable of appraising the nature of the conduct or another person.
Mental incapacitation: a person is rendered incapable of appraising or controlling one’s own conduct at the time of the alleged offense because of the influence of a controlled or intoxicating substance or because of any act committed upon the person without consent.
Physical helplessness: a person is unconscious or for any other reason is physically unable to communicate unwillingness to engage in an act.
Students who have experienced sexual violence are strongly encouraged to report their experience so that the University can provide resources and services, and can address the inappropriate behavior. Options for reporting and available resources are provided in Support for Students Who Have Experienced Sexual Harassment or Sexual Assault.
Questions regarding the UO Student Code of Conduct regarding sexual misconduct can be answered by the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards (541-346-1140).
UO employees with credible information that sexual violence or any other form of gender discrimination is occurring or has recently occurred have a duty to report that information to their supervisor or to the Office of Affirmative Action & Equal Opportunity.