Wentworth strives to eliminate and prevent all types of sexual discrimination. Sexual discrimination includes sexual harassment and sexual violence/assault. Sex discrimination is illegal under both federal and Massachusetts law (Title VII and Title IX of the Civil Rights Act, as amended and M.G.L. Ch.151B & 18).
Sexual violence/assault occurs without consent.
Consent must be communicated, mutual, non-coercive and given free of force or the threat of force. A student who is physically or mentally incapacitated by drugs, alcohol, due to an intellectual or other disability or other circumstances may not be capable of giving consent.
Coercion is unreasonable pressure for sexual activity.
Force is the use of physical violence and/or imposing on someone physically to gain sexual access.
Incapacitation due to alcohol results from a level of alcohol ingestion that is more severe than impairment, being under the influence, drunkenness or intoxication. Evidence of incapacity may be detected by physical cues, such as slurred speech, bloodshot eyes, the odor of alcohol on a person’s breath or clothing, inability to maintain balance, vomiting, unusual or irrational behavior and unconsciousness. Context is important in helping to determine incapacitation.
Sexual harassment involves the unwelcome introduction of sexual activities or comments into an employment, learning, residential, social and athletic environment. Repeated sexual advances or sex based demeaning verbal comments may have a harmful effect on a person’s ability to effectively participate in the Wentworth community. All resident and commuter students, whether on or off-campus, are expected to abide by the law and are prohibited from the following:
- Any type of sexual conduct that occurs without the consent of each person involved. This includes, but is not limited to the following non-consensual acts:
a. the deliberate touching of a person's intimate parts (including genitalia, groin, breast or buttocks, or clothing covering any of those areas), or using force to cause a person to touch his or her own or another person's intimate parts
b. penetration (anal, oral or vaginal) by a penis, tongue, finger, or an inanimate object.
- Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other physical or verbal conduct of a sexual nature when:
a. submission to or rejection of such advances, requests or conduct becomes an explicit or implicit criterion for granting privileges or favorable treatment.
- Repeated and unwelcome behavior, advances, sexual comments or inappropriate conduct so severe and pervasive that it unreasonably interferes with a person's academic performance or equal opportunity to participate in or benefit from Institute programs or activities. This can include but is not limited to the following repeated and/or unwelcome behavior:
a. offensive sexual flirtations, advances or propositions.
b. verbal abuse or innuendo of a sexual nature.
c. physical contact such as touching, hugging, patting or pinching
d. verbal comments of a sexual nature about an individual’s body or sexual terms used to describe an individual.
e. open, offensive display of sexually suggestive objects or pictures.
f. jokes or remarks of a sexual nature.
g. obscene gestures or suggestive or insulting sounds.
h. demands for sexual favors accompanied by an implied or overt threat.
i. indecent exposure.
j. sexual exhibitionism.
m. non-consensual video or audio taping of sexual activity and/or distribution.
n. cyber harassment.