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Saint Francis University, inspired by its Franciscan and Catholic identity, values equality of opportunity, human dignity, racial, cultural, and ethnic diversity, both as an educational institution and as an employer. Accordingly, the University prohibits and does not engage in discrimination or harassment on the basis of gender, gender identity, age, race, color, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, pregnancy status, veteran status, predisposing genetic characteristic or any protected classification. Saint Francis University will not tolerate sexual violence, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, or sexually inappropriate conduct in any form. The University is committed to this policy based upon its values and as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statutes and University policies. This policy applies to all programs and activities of the University, including, but not limited to, admission and employment practices, educational policies, scholarship and loan programs and athletic or other University sponsored programs. Saint Francis University affirms its commitment to promote the goals of fairness and equity. All policies contained herein are subject to resolution using the University’s Resolution Process, as detailed below. The Resolution Process applies regardless of the status of the parties involved, who may be members or non-members of the campus community, students, student organizations, faculty, administrators and/or staff. The University reserves the right to act on incidents occurring on campus or off-campus, when the off-campus conduct could have an on-campus impact or impact on the mission of the University. The Associate Vice President and Title IX Coordinator oversees implementation of the University’s Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity plan, disability compliance, and the University’s policy on equal opportunity, discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct, stalking, and relationship violence. Reports of discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct, stalking, relationship violence, and/or retaliation should be made to the Title IX Coordinator promptly. There is no time limitation on the filing of allegations as long as the accused individual remains subject to the University’s jurisdiction, however a delay in filing a report will weaken an investigation. Reporting is addressed more specifically below.
a) Any situation where it appears that the accused individual may present a danger or threat to the health or safety of him/herself or others;
b) Any situation that significantly impinges upon the rights, property or achievements of self or others or significantly breaches the peace and/or causes social disorder; and/or
c) Any situation that is detrimental to the educational interests of the University.
Inquiries about this policy and procedure may be made internally to:Ms. Heather Meck, Associate Vice PresidentTitle IX Coordinator102A Raymond Hall(814) 472-3213Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgOR a Title IX team member:
Ms. Lynne Banks, Associate Dean of StudentsPadua Hall 232B, email@example.com, 814.472.3352Mr. Donald Miles, Director of Residence LifePadua Hall 227, firstname.lastname@example.org, 814.472.3380Dr. Peter Skoner, Associate Provost Scotus Hall 313, email@example.com, 814.472.3085Robert Fatula, Director of Campus Safety and PoliceSmall Business Development Center, firstname.lastname@example.org, 814.472.3361Marian Bender, Director of Human ResourcesRaymond Hall 101, email@example.com, 814.472.3931Erika Renwick, Senior Associate Director of AthleticsStokes Athletics Center 153, firstname.lastname@example.org, 814.472.3294Inquiries may be made externally to:Office for Civil Rights (OCR)U.S. Department of Education400 Maryland Avenue, SWWashington, DC 20202-1100Customer Service Hotline #: (800) 421-3481Facsimile: (202) 453-6012 TDD#: (877) 521-2172Email: OCR@ed.govWeb: http://www.ed.gov/ocr
Policies and Procedures:1. Nondiscrimination2. Accommodation of Disabilities3. Discriminatory Harassment1) What is Consent?2) Categories of Sexual Misconduct4. Consensual Relationships5. Other Misconduct Offenses6. Retaliation7. Confidentiality and Reporting of Offenses 8. Federal Timely Warning Obligations9. Resolution Process for Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, Stalking, and Other Forms of Discrimination10. Revision11. Glossary of Terms
Saint Francis University fully subscribes to all federal and state civil rights laws banning discrimination in private institutions of higher education. Therefore, any member of the campus community, guest or visitor who acts to deny, deprive or limit the educational, employment, [residential] and/or social access, benefits and/or opportunities of any member of the campus community on the basis of a protected class is in violation of the University policy on nondiscrimination. When brought to the attention of the University, any such discrimination will be appropriately remedied by the University according to the procedures below.
The University is committed to full compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which prohibit discrimination against qualified persons with disabilities, as well as other federal and state laws pertaining to individuals with disabilities. Under the ADA and its amendments, a person has a disability if he or she has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity. The ADA also protects individuals who have a record of a substantially limiting impairment or who are regarded as disabled by the institution whether qualified or not. A substantial impairment is one that significantly limits or restricts a major life activity such as incident review, seeing, speaking, breathing, performing manual tasks, walking, or caring for oneself.
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Students and employees are entitled to a professional working and educational environment, and University is committed to providing a work and educational environment free of discriminatory harassment. Consistent with the University’s policy on academic freedom (Article XII, Section 1, of the Faculty Handbook), the University’s harassment policy is not meant to inhibit or prohibit educational content or discussions inside or outside of the classroom that include relevant, but controversial or sensitive subject matters. The sections below describe the specific forms of legally prohibited harassment that are also prohibited under University policy.
a. Discriminatory and Bias-Related Harassment Discriminatory harassment is verbal or physical conduct that creates a hostile environment for an individual because of his/her gender, gender identify, age, race, color, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, pregnancy status, veteran status, predisposing genetic characteristic or any protected classification. The University’s harassment policy explicitly prohibits any form of harassment on the basis of actual or perceived membership in a protected class, by any member or group of the community, which creates a hostile environment, both objectively and subjectively. A hostile environment may be created by oral, written, graphic, or physical conduct that is sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive so as to interfere with, limit or deny the ability of an individual to participate in or benefit from educational programs or activities or employment access, benefits or opportunities. The University condemns and will not tolerate discriminatory harassment against any employee, student, visitor or guest.
c. Sexual MisconductSexual Misconduct is defined as having or attempting to have sexual intercourse or sexual contact with another individual without their consent. This includes, but is not limited to, sexual intercourse or sexual contact achieved by the use or threat of force or coercion, where an individual does not consent to the sexual act, or where an individual is incapacitated. The University reserves the right to impose any level of sanction, up to and including suspension or expulsion/termination for any act of sexual misconduct or other gender-based offenses based on the facts and circumstances of the particular allegation. Acts of sexual misconduct may be committed by any person upon any other person, regardless of the sex, gender, sexual orientation and/or gender identity of those involved.
a. Confidential Reporting: If a reporting party would like the details of an incident to be kept confidential, the reporting party may speak with on-campus counselors, campus health service providers, off-campus local rape crisis counselors, domestic violence resources, state assistance agencies, or on or off-campus members of the clergy/chaplains who will maintain confidentiality. Campus counselors are available to help free of charge and can be seen on an emergency basis during normal business hours. The Ethics Point hotline and online reporting is also available to members of the campus community to confidentially report incidents.
All parties are entitled to an advisor of their choosing to guide and accompany them throughout the resolution process. The advisor may be a friend, mentor, family member, attorney or any other supporter a party chooses to advise them. The parties may choose advisors from inside or outside the campus community.
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