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Waldorf Title IX–Sexual Harassment, Assault & Misconduct Policy and Procedures

Applicable Federal Law 

This policy addresses the requirements of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”), which is a federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in federally funded education programs and activities. Title IX states as follows: 

No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance. 

Discrimination on the basis of sex (i.e., sex discrimination) includes sexual harassment, sexual assault and sexual misconduct. Title IX prohibits sex discrimination in both the educational and employment settings. 

Policy Statement 

It is the policy of the University to provide an educational, employment, and business environment free of all forms of sex discrimination, including but not limited to unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct or communications constituting sexual harassment, as defined in this policy and as otherwise prohibited by state and federal statutes. Sexual harassment, including acts of sexual assault and sexual misconduct, is a form of sex discrimination and is prohibited at the University. The sexual harassment of University students, faculty, and staff by non‐University employees and guests doing business or providing services on campus (e.g., contractors and vendors) also is prohibited by this policy. This policy applies to all students, employees and to other members of the Waldorf University Community including contractors, consultants, and vendors doing business or providing services to the University. 

Alleged or Suspected Violations of thisPolicy 

Waldorf is committed to investigating all possible violations of this policy about which the school knows or reasonably should know (also referred to in this policy as “alleged violations of this policy”), regardless of whether a complaint alleging a violation of this policy has been filed and regardless of where the conduct at issue occurred. The University’s ability to investigate in a particular situation, or the extent of the investigation in any given situation, may be affected by any number of factors, including whether the complainant is willing to file a complaint or to consent to an investigation, the location where the alleged or suspected conduct occurred, and the University’s access to information relevant to the alleged or suspected violation of this policy. The University is nonetheless committed to investigating all alleged and suspected violations of this policy to the fullest extent possible under the Waldorf University Title IX – Sexual Harassment Policy and Procedures.

Jurisdiction

Waldorf University reserves the right to hold its students and employees accountable for acts of sexual misconduct.  The jurisdiction of sexual misconduct includes all Waldorf University property, as well as any location of any college sponsored event which takes place off campus (i.e. athletic event, concert tour, special trip, conference, alumni gathering, retreat or excursion).  The jurisdiction of this policy also includes any conduct between students/employees or guests which occurs off campus which is deemed to have a negative impact on the person or campus in situations where the student or employee may formally or informally represent the university.  

Waldorf reserves the right to pursue adjudication of an incident of misconduct apart from, and independent of, any legal recourse a student or employee might choose.  A student, employee or guest who decides against filing a criminal complaint does not relinquish the right to an institutional investigation.  Sanctions or consequences imposed by the University to an employee or student are not predicated upon or limited to those which might be administered through a court of law, nor does it initiate involvement in legal proceedings against a member of the community.  Membership in the Waldorf community does exempt anyone from local, state or federal laws, but rather imposes the additional obligation to abide by all of Waldorf’s policies.