Sexual Misconduct

Sexual assault risk reduction information

Sex Offender Registry

The campus community should contact the Conway Police Department (501-450-6120) for listings and information regarding registered sex offenders, or visit the Arkansas Crime Information Center at: http://acic.org/offender-search/index.php

If you find yourself in the position of being the initiator of sexual behavior, you owe sexual respect to your potential partner.  These suggestions may help you to reduce your risk for being accused of sexual misconduct:

1. DON’T MAKE ASSUMPTIONS   About consent; About someone’s sexual availability; About whether they are attracted to you; About how far you can go;  About whether they are physically and mentally able to consent to you; 

2. Clearly communicate your intentions to your sexual partner and give them a chance to clearly relate their intentions to you.  

3. Mixed messages from your partner should be a clear indication that you should step back, defuse the sexual tension, and communicate better.  Perhaps you are misreading them.  Perhaps they haven’t figured out how far they want to go with you yet.  You need to respect the timeline with which they are comfortable.

4. Don’t take advantage of someone’s drunkenness or drugged state, even if they did it to themselves.

5. Realize that your potential partner could be intimidated by you, or fearful.  You may have a power advantage simply because of your gender or size.  Don’t abuse that power.

6. Understand that consent to some forms of sexual behavior does not necessarily imply consent to other forms of sexual behavior.  

7. On this campus, silence and passivity cannot be interpreted by you as an indication of consent.  Read your potential partner carefully, paying attention to verbal and non-verbal communication and body language.

How to Be an Active Bystander

  Bystanders play a critical role in the prevention of sexual and relationship violence. They are “individuals who observe violence or witness the conditions that perpetuate violence. They are not directly involved but have the choice to intervene, speak up, or do something about it.”[1] We want to promote a culture of community accountability where bystanders are

actively engaged in the prevention of violence without causing further harm. We may not always know what to do even if we want to help. Below is a list[1] of some ways to be an active bystander. Further information regarding bystander intervention may be found. If you or someone else is in immediate danger, dial 911.This could be when a person is yelling at or being physically abusive towards another and it is not safe for you to interrupt.

  1. Watch out for your friends and fellow students/employees. If you see someone who looks like they could be in trouble or need help, ask if they are ok.

  2. Confront people who seclude, hit on, try to make out with, or have sex with people who are incapacitated.

  3. Speak up when someone discusses plans to take sexual advantage of another person.

  4. Believe someone who discloses sexual assault, abusive behavior, or experience with stalking.

  5. Refer people to on or off campus resources listed in this document for support in health, counseling, or with legal assistance. 

[1] Burn, S.M. (2009). A situational model of sexual assault prevention through bystander intervention. Sex Roles, 60, 779-792.

[2] Bystander intervention strategies  adapted from Stanford University’s Office of Sexual Assault & Relationship Abuse