Prohibited Conduct

Dating Violence – Violence committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim. The existence of such a relationship shall be determined based on the reporting party’s statement and with consideration of the length of the relationship, the type of relationship, and the frequency of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship.

  • This includes but is not limited to sexual or physical abuse or the threat of such abuse.
  • This does include acts covered under the definition of domestic violence

Domestic Violence – Felony or misdemeanor crime of violence committed by:

  • a current or former spouse or intimate partner of the victim; or
  • by a person whom the victim shares a child in common; or
  • by a person who is cohabitating with, or has cohabitated with, the victim as a spouse or intimate partner; or
  • by a partner similarly situated to a spouse of the victim under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction in which the crime of violence occurred; or
  • by any other person against an adult or youth victim who is protected from that person’s acts under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction in which the crime of violence occurred

Gender-Based Harassment – A wide range of offensive behaviors (verbal or non-verbal actions of aggression, intimidation, and hostility) based on gender, sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity or gender expression. These behaviors do not need to be of a sexual nature but must place the receiving person in reasonable fear of physical harm, or objectively disrupt or interfere with their employment, education, or other activities related to their role on the University of Florida campus.

Intimate Partner Violence – Abusive behavior between individuals who have a continuing intimate or romantic relationship with each other (married, dating, or other intimate relationships). Intimate Partner Violence includes (but is not limited to): assault, stalking, kidnapping, psychological abuse, manipulation/ coercion.

Non-Consensual Sexual Touching – Any unwelcome intentional sexual touching of another, which does not constitute sexual violence, without the consent of the other person or in circumstances in which the person is unable, due to incapacitation, to give consent.

Non-Consensual Sexual Penetration – A category of sexual assault defined as any anal, vaginal, or oral penetration with an object or body part by a person(s) upon another person who does not consent.

Pregnancy Discrimination – Unjust or prejudicial treatment on the basis of pregnancy or parental status. UF and Title IX prohibit discrimination based on pregnancy or parental status and requires that these students and employees receive equitable treatment (e.g., allowances for continued participation in classes & extra-curricular activities; provisions for reasonable class/work assignment adjustments as needed; allowances for legitimate absences due to pregnancy/parental status; opportunities to make up missed work, etc.).

Quid Pro Quo Harassment – An employee of the University conditioning the provision of an aid, benefit, or service of the University on an individual’s participation in unwelcome sexual conduct.

Retaliation – Any adverse action or behavior (or attempted adverse action or behavior) imposed against an individual as a result of their participation/ involvement in an investigation. To be retaliatory, the action or behavior must have a materially adverse effect on an individual’s employment, academics, living environment, or mental well-being. Allegations of retaliation should be immediately reported to the Title IX Coordinator; any individual responsible for retaliation will be subject to disciplinary action.

Sexual Assault – A form of sexual misconduct that includes a broad range of sexual acts that are unwanted by one party and do not have the knowing consent of all parties involved. Sexual assault can be categorized as either non-consensual sexual touching or non-consensual sexual penetration. Specific types of sexual assault include (but are not limited to): forcible touching/kissing, forcible fondling, intimate partner violence, forcible oral copulation.

Sexual Exploitation – Taking non-consensual sexual advantage of an individual for the purpose of sexual gratification, financial gain, retribution, personal advantage, or any other illegitimate purpose.

Examples include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Observing, photographing, recording, or streaming another individual’s identifiable nudity, private parts, or sexual activity without their knowledge or consent – or – allowing another to observe, photograph, record or stream consensual sexual activity without the knowledge or consent of those in the act.
  • Causing or attempting to cause the incapacitation of another for the purpose of taking sexual advantage.
  • Distributing sexually explicit materials of another without his/her consent and/or the consent of the recipient.
  • Knowingly exposing another to a sexually transmitted infection/disease without their knowledge/consent.

Sexual Harassment – Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature directed at a person that places another person in reasonable fear of physical harm, or objectively disrupts employment, education, research, living, or other activities.

Stalking/Cyberstalking – Multiple, unwelcome acts directed at a specific person that (by a reasonable person’s standard) cause that individual to fear for his/her (or others’) safety and cause him/her considerable emotional distress. Specific types of stalking include (but are not limited to): monitoring, following, surveilling, harassing, pursuing, threatening, repeatedly contacting a person without consent, interfering, or damaging personal property.