This policy governs Sexual Harassment directed against persons in the United States, including a University student, student employee, faculty or staff, by a member of the University community, if the alleged Sexual Harassment is reported in a formal written complaint and occurred in an educational program or activity as to which the University has substantial control over the respondent as well as the context in which the act occurred.
The University will respond to Sexual Harassment involving faculty and/or staff according to these processes, understanding that cases involving only faculty and/or staff also fall under Title VII and, as such, are handled primarily by the Office of Human Resources.
University Community: The University community includes students, student employees, faculty, staff, appointees, volunteers, non-employee clients, supplier/contractors and visitors. The respondent must be a member of the University community in order for this policy to apply. However, even if the respondent is unknown or is not a member of the University community, the Title IX office will assist the complainant in identifying appropriate resources and support options as well as other potential remedies.
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 within the U.S.: Off-campus violations may pose a disruption or threat to the educational environment. Examples of off-campus Sexual Harassment that may occur where the University has substantial control include conduct that:
  • 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)
  • Involves students in the United States enrolled in the University’s College of Education & International Services or other off-campus educational programs
Online: Violations can occur in a variety of forums on the internet. 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. The University will have jurisdiction where the University has substantial control over an identified respondent using University networks and social media platforms.
In instances where Sexual Harassment is found by the Decision-Maker Panel to have occurred, the University will take appropriate action, up to and including separation from the University, with the goal to end such Sexual Harassment, prevent its recurrence and remedy its effects. Third parties who engage in Sexual Harassment may have their relationship with the University terminated and/or their privileges of being on University premises withdrawn.
Allegations of misconduct that do not fall within the University’s Title IX jurisdiction, may still be subject to the processes contained in the University’s Code of Student Conduct or its Working Policy or Employee Handbook.


Descriptions of Sexual Harassment ⇒