I. Reason or purpose for policy
The University has jurisdiction over Title IX sexual misconduct complaints, and has enacted this policy:
- To specifically prohibit and define particular acts of sexual discrimination, including but not limited to sexual violence, sexual harassment, sexual assault, and stalking.
- To define consent.
- To provide resources for victims, safe and positive options for bystanders, and resources for those accused of sexual misconduct.
- To outline grievance procedures for providing prompt and fair resolution to complaints of sexual discrimination, including sexual violence.
- To provide a description of the University’s prevention and awareness program.
The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its education programs and activities, and it is required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”) not to discriminate in such a manner. The University is committed to maintaining an environment that is safe and free from sexual violence and sexual harassment, including sexual assault and stalking. The University will take immediate action to eliminate harassment, prevent its recurrence, and address its effects. When an allegation of sexual misconduct is brought to a responsible University employee’s attention (“responsible employee”), and a respondent is found to have violated this policy, serious sanctions will be used to reasonably ensure that such actions are never repeated. This policy reaffirms these principles and provides recourse for those individuals whose rights have been violated. Title IX, state law, and University policy also prohibit retaliation against an individual who has brought forward a complaint of sexual misconduct or taken part in a conduct process as a result of a sexual misconduct complaint.
To the extent this policy contradicts any other University policy, practice, or procedure, this policy will be treated as controlling.