Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”), which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, and provides 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.
Lindenwood University is committed to maintaining an environment that is free from sexual discrimination, sexual and gender-based harassment and violence, relationship violence, stalking and retaliation. The university does not discriminate on the basis of sex in matters of education, extracurricular activities, programs, athletics, admissions, housing, services, financial aid, or in the context of employment (collectively, the “programs and employment”). Sexual harassment that denies or limits a person’s ability to participate in or benefit from the university’s programs and employment is a form of prohibited discrimination.
This policy provides the campus community with the appropriate process for handling reports of sexual misconduct that occur to members of the university’s community. Due to the nature of the offense, this procedure may be different from other Lindenwood policy violations.
This policy applies to all acts where the conduct
- Occurs on campus;
- Occurs in the context of university programs and employment; and/or
- Occurs off campus and has continuing adverse effects on the campus and/or university or in the context of university programs and employment.
This policy applies to all behavior in which the accused party is a student, faculty, staff, or a non-university-affiliated party. In the event the accused party is a third party or other non-university-affiliated party, the university will take appropriate corrective action and determine the appropriate manner of response consistent with the goals of this policy.
The university prohibits all forms of sexual misconduct. The university similarly prohibits any acts of retaliation for reporting violations of this policy or participating in the investigation or hearing process.
A. Sexual Misconduct
Sexual misconduct refers to a wide range of behaviors and encompasses any sexual behavior that was committed without consent. Sexual misconduct may vary in severity, but may include any of the following:
- Sexual Harassment;
- Relationship Violence;
- Sexual Assault;
- Sexual Exploitation;
- Retaliation; and/or
Any of the above behaviors, which are defined in detail in our policy, are considered a violation of this policy and are considered prohibited conduct.
The university encourages all university members to promptly report all incidents of sexual misconduct as soon as possible in order to maximize the university’s ability to respond promptly and effectively. The university does not, however, limit the time frame for reporting.
A reporting party may choose to make a report to the university and may choose to make a report to law enforcement. The reporting party may pursue either or both of these options at the same time. When making a report, a reporting party need not know whether to request any particular course of action, nor how to label what happened or the violation. Choosing to make a report and deciding how to proceed after making the report can be a process that unfolds over time.
The following reporting contacts are private – but not confidential – resources, as defined in our policy. The designated reporting contacts are
- Title IX Coordinator
- Kelly R. Moyich, J.D., Library and Academic Resource Center, Suite 221, 209 S. Kingshighway, St. Charles, MO 63301, (636) 255-2275, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Deputy Title IX Coordinator
- Annie C. Reis, J.D., Lynx Arena Athletic Offices, 2600 W. Main Street, Belleville, IL 62226, (618) 239-6037, email@example.com
- Dean of Students
- Shane Williamson, Office of Student Life and Diversity, Evans Commons Room 3030, 209 S. Kingshighway, St. Charles, MO 63301, (636) 949-4728, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Director of Residential Life
- Terry Russell, Evans Commons Room 3010, 209 S. Kingshighway St. Charles, MO 63301, 636.949.4980, email@example.com
- Public Safety & Security
- Spellmann Center, 4th floor, 209 Kingshighway, St. Charles, MO 63301, (636) 949-4911, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Vice President for Human Resources (for employees)
- Deb Ayres, Stumberg Hall, 209 S. Kingshighway, St. Charles, MO 63301, (636) 949-4405, email@example.com.
Although certain individuals or entities are designated reporting contacts, all employees, including but not limited to faculty and staff, who are aware of sexual misconduct are required to report the information to the Title IX coordinator unless otherwise designated as a confidential resource.