SEXUAL MISCONDUCT POLICY AND PROCEDURES
Gallaudet University is committed to creating and maintaining a living and learning environment free from all forms of harassment, exploitation, intimidation, and/or violence, including sexual discrimination and all forms of sexual misconduct. All members of the University community are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that demonstrates respect for the rights of others. The University Sexual Misconduct Policy and applicable procedures intend to define community expectations, to reaffirm these principles, and to provide recourse for those individuals whose rights have been violated.
Creating a safe environment is the responsibility of all members of the University community. The University is committed to addressing sexual misconduct and other forms of gender based discrimination, fostering an environment that promotes prompt reporting of all types of sexual misconduct and ensuring the fair resolution of sexual misconduct complaints. Every member of the University community has a responsibility to become familiar with this sexual misconduct policy and procedures.
As a recipient of Federal funds, the University is required to comply with Title IX of the Higher Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs and activities. Sexual misconduct, as defined in this policy, is a form of sex discrimination prohibited by Title IX and will not be tolerated at Gallaudet. Such discrimination includes, but is not limited to: sexual harassment, sexual violence, sex or gender-based bullying, hazing, stalking, and intimate partner abuse (including domestic violence and dating violence). Resolution of complaints of such discrimination is intended to bring an end to harassing or discriminatory conduct, prevent its recurrence and remedy the effects on the victim and the community. Gallaudet takes the necessary steps to reduce the need for reactive intervention by providing preventive and risk education and training and by preparing and disseminating educational print material, videos, workshops, training seminars and academic course offerings related to sexual misconduct. Gallaudet also attempts to eliminate pressure that might lead students to suppress a sexual misconduct charge or to minimize its seriousness by providing a process whereby the parties involved are treated with dignity; privacy and confidentiality are maintained to the fullest extent possible; allegations of sexual misconduct are investigated promptly and thoroughly; and that students are provided with full support and assistance.
The University's Sexual Misconduct Policies and Procedures can be found at these links below:
Gallaudet's Protection Against Sexual Harassment policy can be found at this link: http://www.gallaudet.edu/af/section_3_human_resources_-_general/302_protection_against_sexual_harassment.html.
Gallaudet's Sexual Misconduct Policy and Procedures in the online Student Handbook can be found at this link: http://www.gallaudet.edu/student_affairs/student_handbook.html. There is also several resources in the online Student Handbook such as on how to report sexual misconduct incidents, helping a friend who may be a victim of sexual misconduct, a list of on- and off-campus resources, and a frequently asked question page.