Sexual Assault, Domestic/Dating Violence, and Stalking

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Augsburg College is committed to curbing sexual assault and domestic violence by promoting awareness, encouraging safe decision making, and responding quickly to reports of “Sexual Misconduct” that relate to the Augsburg Community.  In compliance with federal and state laws, including the Campus SAVE Act, Augsburg has adopted a Sexual Misconduct Policy that addresses sexual assault, sexual harassment, domestic/dating violence, and stalking.

What is Sexual Misconduct?

Augsburg has adopted a broad term of “Sexual Misconduct” that includes sexual assault, sexual harassment, domestic/dating violence, and stalking (and other conduct).  The definitions used by Augsburg in its conduct process and for statistical reporting purposes are contained within the Sexual Misconduct Policy. Sexual Misconduct can lead to disciplinary action within the College, but Sexual Misconduct may also be a violation of Minnesota or other states’ laws that can lead to criminal charges.

Sexual Assault

While federal law has specific defintions from the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program, “sexual assault” generally involves a sexual act committed against another person using force, coercion, and/or threats and without the other person’s consent.  Some people may also be unable to consent, such as someone who is unconscious or below the statutory age of consent.

Domestic/Dating Violence

As with sexual assault, “domestic violence” and “dating violence” have specific definions under federal law.  However, generally, domestic/dating violence involves physical harm (or the threat of imminent physical harm) between current/former spouses or intimate partners; people sharing a child in common; people cohabiting as spouses or intimate partners; parents, children, and siblings; people residing together; a man and woman if the man is alleged to be the father of a child; and/or people involved in a significant romantic relationship.  In the case of “intimate partners” or significant romantic relationships,” the existence of the relationship is based on the length of the relationship; the type of relationship; and the frequency of interaction between the people in the relationship. Domestic/Dating violence often involves a pattern of coercive behavior by one partner aimed at gaining power or control over the other partner in the relationship.  While violence is a component, it may also include psychological and emotional abuse. Domestic/Dating violence is not confined to opposite-sex couples.  It can occur in any relationship and any party can be the aggressor or victim regardless of sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression.  Domestic/Dating violence can also have a significant impact on other family members, friends, and co-workers.

Stalking

Stalking refers to a person engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to (1) fear for their safety or the safety of others or (2) suffer substantial emotional distress. Stalking requires a pattern of conduct—though any single incident may constitute a separate crime. Stalking may occur regardless of the relationship between the perpetrator and the other person. Stalking is not simply annoying behavior, but repeated behavior (not necessarily the same act each time) that causes fear or emotional distress.  Stalking may include non-consensual or uninvited communication or physical following, tracking, trespassing, etc.