No student shall perform any acts that are considered to be dating violence. Dating violence is any act of 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 victim’s statement and with consideration of the nature and length of the relationship and the frequency of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship. Two people may be in a romantic or intimate relationship, regardless of whether the relationship is sexual in nature; however, neither a casual acquaintance nor ordinary socializing between two individuals in a business or social context shall constitute a romantic or intimate relationship. This definition does not include acts covered under domestic violence.

Dating violence includes:

  • Isolation – Trying to cut off relationships with other family and friends.
  • Emotional abuse – Humiliating the Complainant in front of friends, guilt and manipulation if confronted, extreme and persistent jealousy.
  • Intimidation – Instilling fear through threatening behavior, verbal aggression, abuse of animals or destruction of property.
  • Coercion – Threatening to harm themselves or a third party if demands are not met or the relationship is ended.
  • Physical – Using or threatening to use physically assaultive behavior such as hitting, shoving, grabbing, shaking, slapping, beating, kicking, etc.
  • Sexual – non-consensual sexual touching or non-consensual sexual activity.
  • Harassment – Using electronic media (internet, cell phones, texting, and social media) or other means to keep track of the Complainant.

Source: Student Code of Conduct Pg. 36-37