Frequently Asked Questions

What are some examples of sexual harassment?

  • Sexual or physical assault
  • Direct solicitation of sexual activity
  • Unwelcome sexual remarks about a person’s clothing or body
  • Display of sexually offensive posters, pictures, words, graffiti or messages
  • Explicit sexual questions, innuendoes, gestures, jokes, stories, and anecdotes
  • Sex-related behavior accompanied by promise of reward or threat of punishment

How can I help a friend who has been sexually assaulted?

  • Be supportive and nonjudgmental
  • Regardless of the intent of prosecution, medical care is strongly suggested
  • Do not pressure a friend into any decisions
  • Recovery is a process, not an event
  • Do not ask why it happened
  • Do not question the person’s character or motives
  • Inform victim about the resources available, including campus resources, but allow them to make the choice

What do I do if I experience sexual misconduct?

Report and seek assistance from:

  • Dean of Student Affairs; or
  • Director of Campus Safety; or
  • Title IX Co-Coordinator (Director of Human Resources); or
  • In incidents involving sexual assault, the victim is encouraged to contact local law enforcement (911) or Office of Campus Safety (859-341-4867)

What other resources are available to me?

  • TMU Counseling Services, 344-3522
  • TMU Health Services, 344-3529
  • Campus Safety, 344-4079
  • Women’s Crisis Center, 859-491-3335
  • St. Elizabeth Hospital Emergency Department, 859-344-2200

Should I report an incident if I was under the influence?

Yes, the college will not sanction you for your use of drugs or alcohol in the event of sexual misconduct.

What can the college do to help me after I make a report?

Some measures that the university can take include:

  • Modification of on-campus living arrangements
  • Receiving a grade of Incomplete (I) for a class
  • Transferring class sections
  • Rescheduling of an assignment or grade
  • Counseling services

If I make a report, will my information remain confidential?

Students have the opportunity to seek the assistance of the University’s counselor and to seek the assistance of other faculty and staff members on campus. When engaging in a counseling relationship with the University’s licensed therapists or in a nurse-patient relationship with the campus nurse, your personal information is protected, with the EXCEPTION, that the counselor or nurse must make notification of non-personalized information regarding the incident when a threat exists to others.

All faculty, staff and student employees at Thomas More University, except where protected by privilege, are required to notify the Dean of Student Affairs, Campus Safety or the Title IX Coordinator if an instance of sexual misconduct is reported to them.

Who may make a report of sexual harassment or discrimination?

Any member of the Thomas More Community, including students, faculty, and staff, may report complaints of harassment or discrimination.

Does a complaint have to be made in writing?

No. Complaints may be made by speaking to any of the following:

  • Dean of Student Affairs; or
  • Director of Campus Safety; or
  • Title IX Co-Coordinator (Director of Human Resources):
    • However, they may request that you prepare a written statement.

What do I do if I am accused of sexual misconduct?

Do not contact the alleged victim by any means including electronic communications. You may want to immediately contact the Office of the Dean of Students to explain the university’s procedures for dealing with sexual misconduct complaints. Retaliation by either the alleged victim or accused student will not be tolerated.

What is Title IX?

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is federal legislation that bans sex discrimination in education programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance.

Are sexual harassment and sexual violence included as prohibited sex discrimination?


Can I be sexually assaulted by my boyfriend, girlfriend or an acquaintance?

Yes. The definition is the same regardless of who the perpetrator is —- if there was no consent, there is sexual assault.