12.3. Policy on Sexual Misconduct

Oglethorpe University will take action to minimize incidents and recurrence of sexual misconduct, harassment and violence.  The University, along with the U.S. Department of Education and its Office for Civil Rights (OCR), believes that providing all students with an educational environment free from discrimination is extremely important. The sexual harassment of students, including sexual violence, interferes with students’ right to receive an education free from discrimination and, in the case of sexual violence, is a crime.

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX), 20 U.S.C. section 1681 et seq., and its implementing regulations, 34 C.F.R. Part 106, prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs or activities operated by recipients of federal financial assistance. Oglethorpe University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational, extracurricular, athletic, or other programs including in the context of employment.

Oglethorpe prohibits all forms of sexual misconduct, which include but are not limited to sexual assault/rape, sexual harassment, gender-based harassment, stalking, intimate partner violence, dating violence, domestic violence, sexual coercion or intimidation, and sexual exploitation.  This policy applies to students, faculty, staff, other individuals associated with the University, and third parties. The University actively encourages all members of the community to report and take action to make the University a safe, welcoming, and respectful environment.  The University hosts mandatory extensive and ongoing training for employees and students and conducts climate surveys to asses and develop programs and policies. Oglethorpe University is committed to prevention because all members of the community have the right to be free from any form of sexual violence, discrimination, and harassment.