Title IX Policies and Procedures

Title IX Policies and Procedures

Sexual violence and misconduct includes sexual assault, rape, sexual harassment, dating violence, stalking, domestic violence, or other gender-based harassment. The University strictly prohibits acts of sexual violence, misconduct, or related retaliation against or by any person within the campus community.

Within our procedures, the person making the allegations is referred to as the Complainant.  The person who the allegations have been made against is referred to as the Respondent.  The University's procedures aim to provide a balance between victim/complainant-centered support and due process for all involved in a reported incident. When sexual violence or misconduct has occurred and is brought to the attention of the appropriate individuals, the University will take the matter very seriously and take steps to end the sexual violence or misconduct, prevent its reoccurrence, and address its effects.  For more policy information, please review the following important links:

Examples which may be policy violations include the following:

  • a student reports that they are raped by a friend in their room after an off campus party;
  • a student is punched and kicked by their intimate partner for flirting with another student in the dining hall;
  • a professor suggests that a higher grade might be given to a student if the student submits to sexual advances;
  • a supervisor implicitly or explicitly threatens adverse employment action if a subordinate refuses the supervisor's sexual advances;
  • a student is followed about, and subjected to numerous unwanted calls and texts from a former boyfriend/girlfriend or acquaintance after asking the person to stop;
  • a student repeatedly follows a professor around campus and sends sexually explicit messages to his/her voicemail or email;
  • a person touches you in an unwelcome, sexual manner without your consent;
  • a person repeatedly makes unwelcome comments about your body in person, on the phone, or in any other way;
  • a person records you engaged in sexual activity without your consent;
  • students in a residence hall repeatedly draw sexually explicit graffiti on the whiteboard of your door; a person exposes their sexual organs to you without your consent and in an unwelcome manner.

Scope of Coverage for University Policy and Student Code of Conduct

The Sexual Harassment/Sex Discrimination policy and Student Code of Conduct covers both on-campus and off-campus conduct, as described below:

  • On-campus violations - University policy forbids acts of sexual misconduct anywhere on campus. "Campus" includes University-owned or leased property, streets and pathways contiguous to University property, or in the immediate vicinity of campus.  It also includes the property, facilities, and leased premises of organizations affiliated with the University, including Student Services, Inc. 
  • Off-campus violations - Off-campus violations, including online behavior, that affect a clear and distinct interest of the University are subject to disciplinary sanctions. For example, sexual misconduct by a student is within the University's interests when the behavior:
  1. Involves conduct directed at a University student or other member of the University community (e.g., faculty/staff/administrator/visitor); 
  2. Occurs during University-sponsored events (e.g., classes, field trips, social or educational functions, University-related travel, student recruitment activities, internships, athletics, and service-learning experiences);
  3. Occurs during the events of organizations affiliated with the University, including the events of student organizations;
  4. Occurs during a Study Abroad program or other international travel, or;
  5. Poses a disruption or threat to the University community.

For a thorough explanation of University processes, please see the web links noted above or contact the Title IX Coordinator, Jayme Trogus, at (717) 871-4100.