Millikin University - Decatur, IL
Offenses Against another Person

Assault is defined as any action intentionally or recklessly causing physical harm to any person, or those actions by which it is deemed that harm could potentially arise. Such offenses include but are not limited to the separate offenses defined below of sexual assault, harassment and/or hazing.

Hate Crimes are committed when, by reason of the actual or perceived race,

color, creed, religion, ancestry, gender, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, or national origin of another individual or group of individuals, a person commits assault, battery, aggravated assault, misdemeanor theft, criminal trespass to residence, misdemeanor criminal damage to property, criminal trespass to vehicle, criminal trespass to real property, mob action, or disorderly conduct.

The mere fact that the offender is biased against the victim’s race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, or ethnicity/national origin does not mean that a hate crime occurred. The offender’s criminal act must have been motivated, in whole, or in part, by his bias (Illinois State Police Uniform Crime Reporting Definition).

Hate Crimes are expressions or actions which victimize a person or group as identified above and have one or more of the following impacts:

·         involves an expressed or implied threat to personal safety

·         creates an intimidating, hostile, or demeaning environment and/or

·         has the potential to harm an individual or group’s ability to participate and/or fully engage in the curricular and/or co-curricular life of the University

Hazing is any action taken or situation created, whether on or off campus, to produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment, or ridicule, or activities that would be considered inappropriate or not in good taste. Hazing includes but is not limited to:

    • any brutality of a physical nature, such as paddling, whipping, beating, branding, forced calisthenics, exposure to the elements
    • forced consumption of any food, liquor, drug or other substance
    • any other forced physical activity that would subject the individual to physical harm or mental stress, such as sleep deprivation or forced exclusion from social contact and/or
    • forced conduct which could result in extreme embarrassment
    • any other forced activity that would adversely affect the mental health or dignity of the individual

Prohibited activities are identified as forced or coerced activities which include but are not limited to the following:

        • create excessive fatigue
        • cause physical and psychological shocks
        • involve kidnapping
        • involve morally questionable quests, treasure hunts, scavenger hunts, or any other such activities
        • involve publicly wearing apparel that is conspicuous and not normally in good taste or the wearing of matching uniforms or clothing
        • cause students to engage in public stunts and buffoonery, morally degrading or humiliating games and activities, or late night activities which may reasonably interfere with scholastic activities
        • are in contrast to accepted standards of good taste or propriety

For purposes of this definition, any activity described in this statement upon which the admission into or affiliation with an organization is directly or indirectly conditioned shall be presumed to be a forced or coerced activity, the willingness of an individual to participate in such activity notwithstanding.

Harassment is defined as behaviors or actions that annoy, intimidate, impede the progress or have the effect of provoking anger, or otherwise interfere with the rights of another person or group of persons/organization.

Bullying is defined as acts that frighten, threaten or harm others. Bullying behavior can include harassment, threats, intimidation, stalking, physical violence, sexual harassment, sexual violence, theft and public humiliation.

Cyber Bullying is bullying through email, instant messaging, chat room exchanges, Web site posts, or digital messages or images sent to a cellular phone or personal digital assistant (Kowalski et al. 2008). Cyber bullying, like traditional bullying, involves an imbalance of power, aggression, and a negative action that is often repeated.

Millikin University - Decatur, IL
Millikin University - Decatur, IL