University Policy

Sexual Misconduct, Relationship Violence, Stalking, and Discrimination Based on Sex/Gender Policy and Resources

Andrews University recognizes that God has created every individual, male and female, equal in His image and endowed with unique value.

As Creator and Redeemer, He calls us with loving grace and empowers us to give each of His children the utmost respect in speech and action and to expect the same from others.

Andrews University is committed to maintaining a respectful learning and living environment that is free from sexual misconduct, relationship violence, stalking, and discrimination based on sex (collectively, "Misconduct"). Misconduct in any form, regardless of the length of the relationship or gender of the individuals, is inconsistent with this commitment, strictly prohibited and intolerable in the Andrews community. All members of the Andrews University community share a responsibility for upholding this policy.

Any student who is found responsible for committing Misconduct is in violation of the Code of Student Conduct.

This policy complies with Andrews University's responsibilities regarding Title IX and the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013: Sec 304. Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination from educational programs and activities on the basis of sex (gender) in educational programs and activities that receive federal assistance. The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act expects that universities have procedures in place to respond to matters of sexual misconduct, relationship violence and stalking.

This policy governs Misconduct directed at a student by another University student, faculty or staff; non-employee client; vendor; or visitor, regardless of whether the alleged Misconduct occurred on- or off-campus or in online communications.

On-Campus: All on-campus violations are deemed to pose a disruption or threat to the educational environment. The campus includes the geographic confines of the University, including its land, roads, buildings, Andrews Academy, Ruth Murdoch Elementary School and University housing.

Off-Campus: Off-campus violations may pose a disruption or threat to the educational environment. Examples of Misconduct that may fall within the University's clear and distinct interest include conduct that:

  • Occurs in a private home or location
  • Occurs during a University-sponsored event (e.g., field trips, social or educational functions, University-related travel, student recruitment activities, internships and service learning experiences)
  • Occurs during a Study Abroad Program
  • Involves students enrolled in the University's School of Distance Education & International Partnerships or other off-campus educational programs

Online: Misconduct on the Internet can occur in a variety of forums. Some of these mediums include, but are not limited to, chat rooms, forums/message boards, social networking sites, instant messaging, email, avatars, advertising, redirected/automatic linking, spam and pop-ups.

In instances where Misconduct is found to have occurred, the Title IX Coordinator, Deputy Coordinator(s) and other University personnel will take appropriate steps to end such Misconduct, prevent its recurrence and remedy its effects.

Descriptions of Misconduct ⇒

Please note: A PDF of the full Policy is available here. Otherwise, continue to click through the links provided to view individual sections of the Policy.