Sexual Harassment Policy

Purpose

The purpose of this policy statement is to reaffirm the University’s commitment to provide a positive and harassment-free environment for study and work, and to specify the procedures for appropriate action when allegations of sexual harassment are made.

Policy

Saint Xavier University is dedicated to the pursuit of academic excellence in a context of respect, caring and justice. It is the policy of Saint Xavier University that all employees and students shall be able to work and learn in an environment free from sexual harassment. The University does not condone, nor will it tolerate, sexual harassment under any circumstances by any student, employee, vendor or contractor.

Definition

Sexual harassment consists of unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, visual and physical conduct of a sexual nature when any of the following criteria are met:

Sexual harassment, as defined above, may include, but is not limited to:

It is not harassment of any sort for those in positions of authority to enforce job performance, standards of conduct and educational requirements in a fair and consistent manner.

Administrative Procedures

Saint Xavier University has designated Dr. Anthony Campbell, interim vice president for student affairs and dean of students, as the Title IX coordinator, responsible for oversight of complaints of sexual harassment and violence. Room L-208, 773-298-3121, campbell@sxu.edu.

A student who believes he or she has been subjected to sexual harassment and wishing to make a complaint (complainant) should contact the Title IX coordinator as soon as possible after the incident or act that gave rise to the complaint. The complainant should describe the act(s) to be investigated (e.g., behavior, location, names, dates, times, circumstances, witnesses or other evidence). In the event the allegation is made against the Title IX coordinator, the complainant should contact Joni Black, director of Human Resources, at 773-298-3452, jblack@sxu.edu. The complainant may also choose to submit a written incident report online. 

Anyone in a supervisory capacity who has reason to believe sexual harassment may be occurring is required to report the conduct to one of the individuals named above; failure to report may subject the supervisor to discipline.


When prompted by a complaint, Title IX coordinator or his/her designee shall:

The complainant and/or the respondent may use existing grievance procedures to contest actions taken as a result of the complaint.

Confidentiality of the complainant and the respondent will be respected to the extent possible consistent with the University's legal obligations and with the necessity to investigate allegations of misconduct and take corrective action.

A substantiated charge of sexual harassment against a student will subject the respondent to disciplinary action, as outlined in the Student Code of Conduct, the Staff Handbook, and the Faculty Handbook.

Retaliation

Retaliation against anyone who makes or corroborates a complaint of harassment is strictly prohibited. Actions by a student intended as retaliation, reprisal, or intimidation against an individual for making a complaint or participating in any way in a report or investigation under this policy are prohibited and are subject to appropriate disciplinary action. Reporting sexual harassment or participating in an investigation will not reflect adversely upon an individual's employment or academic status.

False statements

Saint Xavier University takes allegations of sexual harassment very seriously and recognizes the consequences such allegations may have on a respondent as well as the complainant. Any individual who knowingly provides false information regarding the filing of a complaint or report of sexual harassment or during an investigation of such a complaint or report may be subject to discipline. Complaints of conduct that are not found to violate policy are not assumed to be false.

Withdrawn Complaint

If a complainant no longer desires to pursue a complaint through Saint Xavier University's proceeding, the University reserves the right to investigate and resolve the complaint as it deems appropriate.

These procedures apply to internal complaints of sexual harassment. Different procedures may apply if an external administrative charge or civil lawsuit is filed.

Saint Xavier University reserves the right to amend this policy and its procedures.

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