Policies and Key Terms

Indiana University will not tolerate sexual violence or other acts of sexual misconduct, and will take action to prevent and address these incidents.

Title IX and Sexual Misconduct

The federal law Title IX governs Indiana University’s response to sexual harassment and sexual violence—which includes rape, acquaintance rape, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, sexual exploitation, and stalking. We define all these unlawful and unacceptable behaviors as “sexual misconduct.” Learn more about the key terms and IU’s stance on sexual violence.

Our Policies Cover Everyone

It is a common misconception that only women experience acts of sexual misconduct. IU policies addressing sexual misconduct at the university cover all members of our community, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, immigration and citizenship status, and professional or academic position. These policies apply to interactions between peers as well as superior-subordinate relationships. It doesn’t matter who you are—if you experience sexual misconduct, it isn’t your fault.

Reporting Incidents

Individuals who believe they are victims of sexual misconduct—as well as those who have knowledge of or believe they have observed sexual misconduct—are strongly urged to get help and report these incidents promptly. Retaliation against anyone who makes a report of sexual misconduct is prohibited by IU policy and Title IX. Any person who is a responsible employee and who has received a report or has knowledge of sexual misconduct must make a report to designated university officials.

Impartial Investigations and Sanctions

Indiana University will provide a prompt, fair, and impartial investigation and resolution for every sexual misconduct complaint. When there is a finding of responsibility for sexual misconduct, IU will issue appropriate sanctions and remedial measures.