PRP 4790 - Student Sexual Misconduct Policy

PRP 4790 - Student Sexual Misconduct Policy

Document History

 

Spring 2014 - Created in collaboration with legal Counsel, Schnader Attorneys at Law, in accordance with legal and PASSHE mandates regarding Jeanne Clery Act, Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), Title IX, and Campus Save Act. Organization: Dean of Students Office, Vice President for Student Affairs, Schnader Attorneys.

June 2014 - Presented and approved by Council of Trustees. Organization: Presented by Dr. Somerville to Council of Trustees.

June 2017- University review (Student Life Standing Committee, PASSHE Attorney, Secretariat); Forum endorsed- May 3, 2017; Trustee approved- June 14, 2017.

Rationale for Policy: It is the policy of Bloomsburg University to provide students with a safe learning environment and ensure opportunities for participation in its education programs and activities are free from discrimination on the basis of sex. The University has established this policy to promote an academic and work environment that is free from all forms of sexual harassment, including sexual violence. Sexual misconduct in any context is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. The University has established this policy in compliance with Title IX, the Jeanne Clery Act, the Violence Against Women Act, the Campus SaVE Act, and related laws and regulatory guidance. The Student Sexual Misconduct Policy is intended to meet these requirements, ensure complainants and respondents are fully informed of all available options and resources, and to set forth the University’s fair and equitable disciplinary process.

Keywords: rape, sexual assault, survivor, sexual misconduct, consent, harassment, sexual harassment, stalking, dating violence, assault resources, advocate, date rape, anonymous reporting, Title IX

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Bloomsburg University is committed to creating and maintaining a campus environment where safety, health, and well-being are priorities for all. Sexual misconduct includes a range of acts that are perpetrated against an individual without consent or when an individual is unable to freely give consent. Anyone can be a complainant regardless of their gender or sexual orientation. The University will not tolerate any form of sexual misconduct. All forms of sexual misconduct are serious offenses with serious consequences that violate the Student Code of Conduct and Judicial Process.

Sexual misconduct complaints against students may be processed by the Office of the Dean of Students via the Student Code of Conduct and Judicial Process (Kehr Union Building, Room 101; 570-389-4734). Sexual misconduct complaints against employees and third parties will be processed by the Office of Social Equity via the Harassment and Discrimination Policy (PRP 6814) (Student Services Building, 054; 570-389-4529).

University Sexual Misconduct procedures are in addition to and not a replacement for any legal options that may be available. Any criminal process is separate from proceedings at the University level. Those interested in pursuing a criminal investigation should contact the Bloomsburg University Police Department (570-389-4168) or the Town of Bloomsburg Police Department (570-784-4155) or dial 911.

Sexual misconduct violates Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. This means that a complainant may file a complaint with the University Title IX Coordinator in The Office of Social Equity, Student Services Building, 054; 570-389-4529.

The Student Sexual Misconduct Process will be reviewed annually by the Office of the Dean of Students, other necessary administrative entities, and the Student Life Standing Committee.  Any changes to the process may be presented at the first Secretariat and Forum meetings of the academic year.

The most current Student Sexual Misconduct Process will be published on the Office of the Dean of Students website and disseminated to the entire student body.

Office of the Dean of Students:  http://intranet.bloomu.edu/deanofstudents

Student Sexual Misconduct Policy

 

Bloomsburg University Non-Discrimination Statement:

Bloomsburg University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, or veteran status in its programs and activities as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments 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.

For information regarding civil rights or grievance procedures and for inquiries concerning the application of Title IX and its implementing regulation, contact: Title IX Coordinator, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, Warren Student Services Center, 400 East Second Street, Bloomsburg, PA 17815; Phone: (570) 389-4529; Email: titleixcoord@bloomu.edu.  

Additionally, inquiries concerning Title IX and its implementing regulation can be made to the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights, Region III, The Wanamaker Building, 100 Penn Square East - Suite 505, Philadelphia, PA 19107; Phone: (215) 656-6010; Fax: (215) 656-6020.