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University Policy SW 508 Sexual Misconduct - Students

POLICY STATEMENT

It is the policy of William Carey University to comply with all federal and state laws governing sexual misconduct. Further, William Carey University reaffirms its principle, as well as Title IX of the Civil Rights Act, that all students have a right to be free from sexual discrimination in the form of sexual harassment. Harassment can include any unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when (1) submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of a person’s employment or education; or (2) submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for academic or employment decisions affecting said individual; or (3) such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s academic or work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or otherwise offensive working or educational environment.

Further, William Carey University prohibits sexual misconduct of any kind. Engaging in or advocating engagement in sexually immoral acts or lifestyles is deemed inappropriate by the university. Such acts and lifestyles deemed inappropriate include any act of sexual relations outside of marriage, adultery, cohabitation, incest, stalking, and sexual abuse. Acquaintance or date rape or any other act of sexual violence is a violation of this policy. Alcohol or drug use by the perpetrator or victim does not diminish responsibility. Sexual acts are prohibited on university premises, at university sponsored functions or at any activity where WCU students gather and identify themselves as Carey students.

PROCEDURES

In order to implement this policy the president will implement procedures which comply with federal and state law and shall include:

  • Appointment of a Title IX coordinator who will be provided with appropriate training, independence and authority to investigate all aspects of Title IX issues in keeping with university policy, state and federal laws and requirements of the U. S. Office of Education. The title IX coordinator may appoint university personnel on each campus to implement provisions of this policy.
  • An assessment of the campus atmosphere regarding sexual harassment or misconduct.
  • Annually ensure that all university employees and students receive training regarding all aspects of state and federal law and regulations, and university policy.
  • Develop and publicize procedures for dealing with alleged incidents of sexual harassment and or sexual misconduct that provide support for victims and perpetrators of alleged acts of sexual violence.
  • Assure that a fair and thorough investigation of any reported incidents of sexual misconduct is conducted and that both alleged victims and perpetrators are assured of confidentiality and protection from retaliation.
  • Assure that all incidents are reported on the Clery Report

A student may report an alleged violation of this policy to the administrative dean of the Tradition campus or the vice president for student support on the Hattiesburg campus. On the Louisiana campus, complaints should be reported to the director of the WCU Nursing Center. An investigation will be conducted in accordance with the complaint and grievance policy for students, faculty, or staff as it relates to the complaint. The university will consider the welfare of the alleged victim and the university community as well as the rights of the accused. Retaliation against a student who brings a complaint is prohibited and will not be tolerated. In addition to violating the university’s policy, sexual misconduct may be a violation of state and federal laws. Violation of this policy may result in disciplinary action including expulsion from the university. A student who feels that his/her rights have been violated may bring legal action, in addition to making a complaint to the university.

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