Key Terms 

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Term

Definition

  Advocate

Someone who has knowledge about the complexities of sexual misconduct, relationship violence, and stalking, connects complainants to resources, and provides support and incident-related meeting accompaniment to complainants.

 Complainant

A person who may have been subjected to sexual misconduct, relationship violence, and/or stalking.

 Confidential

Confidential resources will not disclose information to the university, except in limited circumstances (i.e., with your consent, if the incident reported involves someone under the age of 18, if you are a threat to yourself or to others).

 Consent

Consent is an affirmative and voluntary agreement by a person to engage in a specific sexual act. Consent must be obtained, affirmative, voluntary and continual. For the full definition of consent please visit UTC's Policy on Sexual Misconduct, Relationship Violence and Stalking 

 Counselor

An individual trained and licensed to provide professional guidance on resolving personal conflicts and emotional issues.

 Limited   Confidentiality

Limited-confidential resources will only disclose non-personally identifiable information to the Title IX Coordinator and the Clery Compliance Officer, except in limited circumstances like those described in the definition of confidential, above. 

 Mandatory   Reporters

Mandatory reporters are required to report information they receive about sexual misconduct, relationship violence and stalking involving students, and in more limited cases, involving faculty and staff.  All faculty and most university staff are mandatory reporters.  For more information or questions about mandatory reporting, please see Appendices B and C in UTC's Policy on Sexual Misconduct, Relationship Violence and Stalking, or contact UTC's Title IX Coordinator, Stephanie Rowland, at (423) 425-4255 or stephanie-rowland@utc.edu

 Medical   Amnesty

A student who reports prohibited conduct, including sexual misconduct, relationship violence and/or stalking, to the university or testifies or provides information in a university investigation into alleged prohibited conduct will not be subject to disciplinary action by the university for personal consumption of alcohol or other drugs, or minor offenses, at or near the time of the reported incident, but may be responsible for other, more serious conduct that harmed or placed the health or safety of any other person at risk. 

 Private/Non-   Confidential

Information disclosed to a private or non-confidential resource will only be provided to other staff members on campus on a need-to-know basis (i.e., for coordination of support, investigation, and other measures).

 Relationship   Violence

A term that encompasses dating violence, domestic violence, and all other conduct that would constitute a relationship violence crime.

 Respondent

A person who has been accused of committing sexual misconduct, relationship violence, and/or stalking.

 Retaliation

An act or attempted act taken because of a person’s participation in a protected activity, when that act or attempted act would discourage a reasonable person from engaging in protected activity.

 Sexual   Misconduct

A term that encompasses sexual assault, sexual harassment, sexual exploitation, and all other conduct that would constitute a sexual offense crime.

 SMRVS

This acronym stands for sexual misconduct, relationship violence and stalking.

 Stalking

Engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to fear for the person’s safety or the safety of others, or suffer from substantial emotional distress.

 Title IX (9)

A federal law that prohibits discrimination based on sex in education programs and activities that accept federal funds.