Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct
The University is characterized by an engaging environment where diversity is celebrated and differences in ethnicity, denomination, gender, economic level, and stage of spiritual development are embraced. We also strive to provide a learning and living environment that promotes safety, transparency, personal integrity, civility, mutual respect, and freedom from unlawful discrimination. In keeping with its religious heritage, ethical convictions, and legislation, the University values a teaching, learning, and working environment that is free from discrimination, harassment, and misconduct.
Thus, Mount Vernon Nazarene University takes its responsibilities toward compliance with Title IX seriously. The Title IX coordinator works with other staff to promote a campus free of sexual/gender-based harassment and violence. All faculty and staff at the University, with the exception of those who hold confidentiality, must report incidents of sexual harassment and/or violence to the Title IX coordinator.
Acts of Prohibited Conduct are unlawful for students, staff, and faculty. Specifically, they violate Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”) and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”); undermine the character and purpose of the University, and will not be tolerated. Acts of Prohibited Conduct also require the University to fulfill certain obligations under the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (“VAWA”) and the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (“Clery Act”).
Title IX is designed to insure that no person is discriminated against on the basis of sex/gender in an educational setting through sexual harassment. While, in the past, the emphasis in its enactment has been on female access to athletics in education, Title IX is intended to be enforced much more broadly. Colleges and universities have a responsibility to address and prevent sexual harassment and violence in all its forms on their campuses.
The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex or gender in any of its education or employment programs and activities. The Policy prohibits specific forms of behavior, which the Policy collectively refers to as “Prohibited Conduct.”
- Sexual Harassment
- Sex/Gender Discrimination
- Non-Consensual Sexual Intercourse
- Non-Consensual Sexual Contact
- Sexual Exploitation
- Physical Harm and Intimidation
- Harassment, Bullying or Cyberbullying
- Intimate Partner Violence
Acts of Prohibited Conduct undermine the character and purpose of the University. They will not be tolerated.
No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under any educational programs or activity receiving federal financial assistance. — From the preamble to Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. Title IX, as a landmark civil rights law, profoundly affects all aspects of education by requiring equal opportunity for females and males.
Title IX prohibits institutions that receive federal funding from practicing gender discrimination in educational programs or activities. Because almost all schools receive federal funds, Title IX applies to nearly everyone. The Office for Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Education is charged with enforcing the civil rights and regulations in education.