In order to understand the complexity of incidents of sexual violence, it is important to work with clear terminology. In investigating and supporting all parties involved in an incident, Southeast Missouri State uses the following terminology.
Reporting Party refers to the person who was the victim of any type of sexual assault or misconduct, regardless of whether that person actually files a written or verbal report.
Responding Party refers to the person accused of committing any type of sexual assault or misconduct.
Third Party Reporter refers to any person, other than the reporting party or responding party, who reports, verbally or in writing, a report of sexual assault or misconduct.
Sexual Assault refers to any sexual intercourse; anal, oral, or vaginal; however slight; with any object; without effective consent.
Sexual Misconduct refers to any sexual touching; however slight; with any object; without effective consent.
For additional definitions and terminology, please refer to the Procedures for Defining and Adjudicating Sexual Violence Cases Involving Students and the Southeast Missouri State University Statement Of Student Rights And Code Of Student Conduct.