12.3. Policy on Sexual Misconduct

Oglethorpe University is committed to maintaining a safe learning and working environment that is free from sexual violence, discrimination, and harassment. The University will take swift action to address the issues, remedy the effects of such misconduct, and work to prevent reoccurrence. 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. 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 critically important.

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.  The University believes all members of the community have the right to be free from any form or effects of sexual violence, discrimination, and harassment and is committed to prevention through mandatory, ongoing training for employees and students.  The University conducts climate surveys to assess and develop policies and programs.

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/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. This University policy affords all members of the community a fair process.