Sexual assault and harassment

Sexual assault is defined as any sexual activity, including but not limited to rape, attempted rape or oral sex that occurs when consent is not given or not freely given. Sexual assault most commonly occurs between people who know each other.

Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when submission to such behavior made as a term or condition of an individual's employment, education, living environment or participation in a University community AND/OR the conduct unreasonably impacts an individual's employment or academic performance or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment.

Further information regarding types of sexual violence.

Wayne State University takes sexual assault and sexual harassment very seriously and actively engages students, faculty, and staff in prevention efforts.

Under federal law Title IX, the University has an obligation to respond promptly and effectively to any complaints of sex-based discrimination or sex-based misconduct, including sexual assault and sexual harassment.

Title IX FAQ

If you or someone you know has experienced sexual assault, sexual harassment, or sex-based misconduct, feel free to refer to the resources page or contact the Dean of Students Office for additional assistance.