Definitions for Terms on this Website and in our Policy
The number of years from the date of a person’s birth. With respect to employment, individuals who are age 40 or older are protected from Discrimination and Harassment. There is no age threshold for students or other participants in educational programs or activities.
The Appeal Administrator is, in most cases, the direct supervisor of the Deciding Administrator, except in the case of University Support Staff employees as respondents. If the University President is the Deciding Administrator, then there is no appeal available. For University Support Staff employees, when the sanction does not include suspension without pay, demotion or dismissal, the Peer Review Committee evaluates an appeal based upon the same standards required of Appeal Administrators, makes a written recommendation to the Director of Employee Relations in Human Capital Services (or her/his equivalent if there is an organizational change), and the Director of Employee Relations in Human Capital Services makes the final decision. For University Support Staff employees, when the sanction includes suspension without pay, demotion or dismissal, the University Support Staff Appeal Board evaluates an appeal based upon the same standards required of Appeal Administrators, makes a written recommendation to the Vice President for Human Capital Services, who makes the final decision.
The Center for Advocacy, Response and Education at Kansas State University
Coercion or Force
Includes conduct, intimidation and express or implied threats of physical or emotional harm that would reasonably place an individual in fear of immediate or future harm and that is employed to persuade or compel someone to engage in Sexual Contact. Examples of Coercion or Force include causing the deliberate incapacitation of another person; conditioning an academic benefit or employment advantage on submission to the Sexual Contact; threatening to harm oneself if the other party does not engage in Sexual Contact; or threatening to disclose an individual’s Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, Gender Expression, or other personal sensitive information if the other party does not engage in the Sexual Contact.
An individual's skin pigmentation, complexion, shade or tone.
Refers to any individual who may have been the subject of any Prohibited Conduct by an individual or organization covered under the Policy regardless of whether the Complainant makes a report or seeks action under the Policy.
The Deciding Administrator is, in most cases, a University official/administrator with authority to implement the recommendations of the Investigators/Administrative Review Team, or ART, and is usually in the supervisory chain of a respondent who is an unclassified University employee. For University Support Staff employees, the Deciding Administrator is the Director of Employee Relations in Human Capital Services (or her/his equivalent if there is an organizational change). In cases involving an undergraduate student as respondent (in his/her capacity as a student), the Assistant Vice President of the Office of Student Life (or her/his equivalent if there is an organizational change) is the Deciding Administrator. In cases involving a graduate student as respondent (in his/her capacity as a student), the Dean of the Graduate School or the Assistant Vice President of the Office of Student Life may be the Deciding Administrator. In some circumstances, the Deciding Administrator may serve as the Responsible Administrator for the same complaint. Except in the case of University Support Staff employees as respondents, the Deciding Administrator will typically not serve as the Appeal Administrator regarding the same complaint.
A person with a disability is any person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities; or has a record of such impairment; or is regarded as having such impairment. A qualified person with a disability must be able to perform the essential functions of the employment or volunteer position or the academic, athletic, or extra-curricular program, with or without reasonable accommodation.
Ethnic or National Origin or Ancestry
An individual's actual or perceived country or ethnicity of origin.
The Gender with which an individual identifies psychologically, regardless of what Sex was assigned at birth.
External appearance of one's gender identity, usually expressed through behavior, clothing, haircut or voice, and which may or may not conform to socially defined behaviors and characteristics typically associated with being either masculine or feminine.
Information about (i) an individual’s genetic tests, (ii) the genetic tests of family members of such individual, and (iii) the manifestation of a disease or disorder in family members of such individual. Genetic Information includes, with respect to any individual, any request for, or receipt of, genetic services, or participation in clinical research that includes genetic services by such individual or any family member of such individual.
The campus police department at Kansas State University.
Kansas State University Property
Refers to buildings, grounds and land that are owned by the University or controlled by the University via leases or other formal contractual arrangements to house ongoing University operations.
The various statuses provided at Military Status and Disabled Veteran's Definition.
The Office of Institutional Equity at Kansas State University
Preponderance of the Evidence
The amount of evidence that causes one to conclude that an allegation is probably true (i.e., more likely true than not true). The preponderance of the evidence standard requires that the facts and information supporting each finding are more convincing than the fact and information offered in opposition to such finding.
Behavior that would violate University Policy.
Consistent with federal and state law, the University prohibits Discrimination and Harassment based on race, color, ethnic or national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, age, ancestry, disability, genetic information, military status or veteran status.
An individual’s actual or perceived racial or ethnic ancestry or physical characteristics associated with a person’s race, such as a person's color, hair, facial features, height and weight.
A sober, objectively reasonable person under similar circumstances and with similar identities to the complainant.
All aspects of sincerely held religious observance and practice, as well as belief. The University will reasonably accommodate an individual's sincerely held religious observances and practices unless doing so would cause an undue hardship on the operations, programs or activities of the University.
A person who communicates a concern to a Responsible Employee or the Office of Institutional Equity regarding the occurrence of Prohibited Conduct. A Reporter need not be a Complainant.
Refers to any individual, group, or organization who has been accused of violating University Policy.
Employees with administrative or supervisory responsibilities at the University who are required to report concerns of Prohibited Conduct to the Office of Institutional Equity.
An individual’s biological status of male or female, including pregnancy. Conduct of a sexual nature is by definition based on Sex as a Protected Status.
The intentional touching of another person's intimate parts (including mouth, neck, genitalia, groin, inner thigh, anus, breast, or buttocks, or clothing covering any of those areas) in a sexual manner with any part of one’s body or with any object. Sexual Contact also includes causing another person to touch this/her own or another person’s intimate parts in the manner described in the previous sentence.
The penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object; or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person.
The term Sexual Misconduct includes harassment based on sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression; sexual violence; sexual exploitation; stalking; and relationship violence (including domestic and dating violence).
The inclination or capacity to develop intimate emotional, spiritual, physical, and/or sexual relationships with people of the same Sex, a different Sex, or irrespective of Sex.
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. §1681 et seq. Title IX forbids exclusion on the basis of gender from any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.
Any campus, unit, program, association or entity of Kansas State University, including but not limited to Kansas State University Manhattan; Kansas State University Olathe; Kansas State Polytechnic; and K-State Global Campus.
Covered Veterans include Disabled Veterans, Special Disabled Veterans, Veterans of the Vietnam era, and other protected Veterans as defined by federal and state law