Sexual assault

Sexual assault includes non-consensual vaginal penetration by a penis, object, tongue, or finger; anal penetration by a penis, object, tongue, or finger; and oral copulation (mouth to genital contact or genital to mouth contact), no matter how slight the penetration or contact. R01.04.010. Sex Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct.


Examples of sexual assault:

  • Someone had sex with you while you were incapacitated from alcohol or drugs. You may have been asleep, passed out, too drunk to know what was happening, or too drunk to stop it.
  • You agreed through words or actions to do one thing, but were forced to do more.
  • You were kissing someone, and the physical intimacy escalated. You said no, but the other person continued. You did not consent and did not willingly participate. The other person had sex with you anyway.
  • Your partner forced you to have sex when you did not want it.

If you or someone you know if assaulted:

  • Get support. You don't have to cope alone. Call someone you trust, or reach out to a confidential resource.
  • Get medical help. Even if you feel fine, seek medical help if you think you may be at risk for injury, pregnancy or infection.
  • Report the incident to the Title IX coordinator. This helps the university respond appropriately to your case and to the broader issues in our community. There is no time limit for reporting an incident to the university. When you decide, you can report to the university, to law enforcement, to both or neither.
  • Preserve evidence. Police and forensic nurse examiners are in the best position to secure evidence of a crime. All physical evidence should be collected immediately, ideally within the first 24 hours. You can preserve evidence in the following ways: do not wash your face and hands, brush teeth or bathe; do not eat or drink; do not douche; and if you change clothes, keep them in a paper bag.

University of Alaska policy regarding assault

UA Board of Regents policy defines sexual assault as follows:

Endangerment, Assault, or Infliction of Physical Harm (For Title IX must be related to gender/identity/expression) (For EO must be related to another protected category)

Endangerment, assault, or infliction of physical harm is defined as conduct which threatens the health and safety of another person, or conduct which threatens or causes physical harm to another person, or threatening or causing physical harm to another person.

Examples include, but are not limited to:

  1. physical abuse, defined as threatening or causing injury or physical pain to another person, or threatening or causing physical contact with another person when the person knows or should reasonably have known that the other person(s) will regard the contact as offensive or provocative;
  2. relationship violence, defined as violence or abuse by a person on another person with whom they are engaged in an intimate relationship. An intimate relationship is defined as a relationship related to marriage, cohabitation, dating or within a family and can occur in opposite-sex and same-sex relationships, regardless of whether it is a current or past relationship. Examples of relationship violence include but are not limited to:
    1. domestic violence: a pattern of coercive, controlling behavior in which one intimate partner uses physical violence, coercion, threats, intimidation and emotional, sexual, psychological, digital or economic abuse to control and change the behavior of the other partner; or
    2. dating violence: behavior(s) used to exert power and control over a dating partner. Examples of power and control may come in the form of emotional, verbal, financial, physical, sexual or digital abuse.
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