Agreement to participate in sexual activity; consent can be given through words or actions but must be knowing (with full understanding of the situation), clear (unambiguous), and freely given (uncoerced); consent can be revoked at any time; and consent cannot be given by anyone under age 18 in Wisconsin.

Intimate partner violence (also dating violence, domestic violence, or relationship violence)

The actual or threatened physical, sexual, emotional, or financial abuse of an individual by someone with whom they have a current or prior intimate relationship or shared residence.

Sexual assault:

Non-consensual sexual contact or intercourse (vaginal, anal, or oral penetration) by a penis, tongue, finger, or object, no matter how slight, or mouth-genital contact.

Sexual coercion:

Use of tactics like pressure, trickery, or emotional force to get someone to agree to sex.

Sexual contact:

Any intentional or forced sexual touching by one person of another person, whether with a body part or object, without consent.  Sexual touching includes contact with the breasts, buttocks, groin, or genitals of either person.

Sexual exploitation:

Taking non-consensual or abusive sexual advantage of another, whether by invading sexual privacy (viewing or causing someone to view sexual activity or sharing sexual images without permission), possessing or transmitting child pornography, knowingly transmitting a sexually transmitted infection, or prostituting another person.

Sexual harassment:

Unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature (sex talk, sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, etc.) that is so severe, persistent, or pervasive that it creates a hostile environment; sexual relations between persons of unequal status may be perceived as sexual harassment, and a single act of sexual violence constitutes sexual harassment.


A report is filled out by anyone including a responsible employee (instructor, coach, residence hall director or RLA, administrator, staff supervisor, or campus safety officer) who learns of sexual misconduct. The report is sent to the Title IX Coordinator to improve campus safety.

Report Form


A complaint is filled out by a person who has experienced sexual misconduct and wants the university to take action (to mediate or investigate with possible sanctions). A SHARE advocate can help the person fill out the complaint.

Complaint Form

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