Sexual Misconduct

For a full list of the definitions and behaviors that fall under the Sexual Misconduct Policy, please refer to CS 20 Sexual Misconduct (formerly 06-05-01), or visit

The University of Pittsburgh is committed to the maintenance of a community free from all forms of sexual misconduct. Sexual misconduct violates University policy as well as state, federal, and local laws. It is neither permitted nor condoned. The coverage of this policy extends to all faculty, researchers, staff, students, vendors, contractors, volunteers, and visitors to the University.

It is also a violation of the University of Pittsburgh's policy against sexual misconduct for any employee or student at the University of Pittsburgh to attempt in any way to retaliate against a person who makes a claim of sexual misconduct.

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion has a variety of resources and support services available for anyone who has experienced sexual misconduct. Please contact the office at 412-648-7860 or visit the website for support or more information

Any individual who, after a thorough investigation, is found to have violated the University's policy against sexual misconduct will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action, including, but not limited to, reprimand, suspension (with or without pay), termination, or expulsion. The disciplinary action taken will depend upon the severity and/or the pervasiveness of the offense.

The sexual misconduct that falls with the policy includes:

Sexual harassment, including but not limited to any unwelcome sexual advance, request for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. While sexual harassment most often takes place where there is a power differential between the persons involved, it also may occur between persons of the same status. Sexual harassment can occur on University premises or off campus at University-sponsored events. It can occur between members of the same gender as well as between members of different genders.

Sexual violence refers to physical sexual acts perpetrated against a person’s will or where a person is incapable of giving consent (e.g., due to a person’s age or use of drugs or alcohol, or because an intellectual or other disability prevents the person from having the capacity to give consent).