For the purposes of this Policy, "sexual assault" is defined as any sexual act perpetrated upon a person without their consent, where the assailant uses physical force, threat, coercion or intimidation to overpower or control the victim; where the victim fears that they or another person will be injured or otherwise harmed if they do not submit; where the victim is prevented from resisting due to the influence of alcohol or other drugs; or where consent is otherwise not freely given. A sexual act includes, but is not limited to, actual or attempted intercourse, sexual touching, fondling, and groping.

Sexual assault is classified as "rape" when vaginal, anal or oral intercourse takes place without consent. This includes penetration by a foreign object.

Any individual who survives a sexual assault is appropriately referred to as a "survivor" and is so identified throughout this Policy.

A "professional counselor" is an individual whose official responsibilities include providing mental health counseling to members of the institution's community and who is functioning within the scope of their license or certification.