Scope of the Policy

This page provides an overview of the scope of Western Michigan University's Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment and Violence, Intimate Partner Violence, and Stalking Policy and Procedures, including which individuals and locations are covered, and what conduct is prohibited. For more details on the policy scope, refer to the full policy.

Individuals covered

The policy applies to prohibited conduct committed by

  • WMU students.
  • WMU faculty, staff and administrators.
  • Members of the WMU Board of Trustees.
  • Consultants, vendors and others engaged to do business with the University.
  • Guests and visitors.
  • Other third parties under circumstances within the University's control.

Locations covered

The policy applies to prohibited conduct that takes place

  • On campus.
  • In the context of an education program or activity of the University regardless of location (e.g., service-learning activities, study abroad and internship programs).
  • Where both the complainant and respondent are members of the campus community, regardless of location.
  • Off campus when the conduct has continuing adverse effects on campus or if the conduct occurs in an off-campus education program or activity.
  • Online and/or social media conduct may also violate this policy if it meets the definition of any form of prohibited conduct.

    Blogs or Web page entries on sites such as Instagram, Facebook or Twitter, and other similar online postings are in the public sphere and are not private. These postings can subject a student to allegations of conduct violations. The University does not regularly search for this information but may take action if and when such information is brought to the attention of University officials.

Conduct prohibited under the policy

  • Sexual harassment: any unwelcome sexual advance, request for sexual favors, or other unwelcome verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature.
  • Sexual assault: having or attempting to have sexual intercourse with another individual by force or threat of force, without consent or where that individual is incapacitated.
  • Non-consensual sexual contact: Having sexual contact with another individual by force or threat of force, without consent or where that individual is incapacitated.
  • Sexual exploitation: When an individual takes non-consensual or abusive sexual advantage of another for one's own advantage or benefit, or to benefit or advantage anyone other than the one being exploited.
  • Harm to others: Words or types of conduct that threaten or endanger the health or safety of any person including physical abuse, verbal abuse, threats, intimidation and/or harassment.
  • Stalking: A course of physical or verbal conduct directed at another individual in an manner that could be reasonably regarded as likely to alarm, harass, or cause fear of harm or injury to that person or to a third party. A course of conduct consists of at least two acts.
  • Intimate partner violence: Any act of violence or threatened act of violence against a person who is, or has been involved in a sexual, dating, domestic or other intimate relationship with the respondent.
  • Retaliation: Acts, words or attempts to take adverse action against the complainant, respondent, or any other individual or group of individuals because of their good-faith complaint or participation in an investigation and/or resolution of an allegation of prohibited conduct.