Augsburg Policies

SEXUAL HARASSMENT POLICY

Augsburg College prohibits sexual harassment, intimidation and exploitation. Sexual harassment includes but is not limited to unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:

  • submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly as a term or condition of an individual’s employment; or
  • submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for academic and/or employment decisions affecting such individuals; or
  • such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s academic or work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment.

Augsburg College prohibits sexual violence: see also the Sexual Violence Policy

SEXUAL VIOLENCE POLICY

Sexual violence exceeds the bounds of acceptable behavior at Augsburg College and is prohibited. The College is committed to maintaining an academic environment free from any form of sexual coercion or violence. While recognizing the wide diversity of backgrounds, cultures, religious beliefs and experiences of the campus community, the College holds community members responsible for their actions in accordance with this policy.

Under this policy, sexual violence is any unwelcome sexual contact (actual or threatened) or penetration to which there has been no consent at the time of the activity. Lack of consent means that the person who has alleged the occurrence of sexual violence has not said “yes” to the sexual activity, including instances when she/he is unable to give informed consent because of sleep, being under the influence of alcohol, or for any other reason she/he is not able to give consent due to a physical or emotional condition.

Sexual contact can include but is not limited to unwelcome sexual behavior, including kissing and/or intentional touching of another person’s intimate parts (breasts, buttocks, genital area, groin or inner thigh, or the clothing covering these intimate parts), and unwelcome sexual penetration. Sexual violence also includes threats of violence with or without weapons.
Sexual penetration includes any sexually intended intrusion, however slight, into any opening of a person’s body by parts of another person’s body or any object.

Approved by Executive Committee of the Board of Regents July 20, 1992