Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct
The University is characterized by an engaging environment where diversity is celebrated and differences in ethnicity, denomination, gender, economic level, and stage of spiritual development are embraced. We also strive to provide a learning and living environment that promotes safety, transparency, personal integrity, civility, mutual respect, and freedom from unlawful discrimination. In keeping with its religious heritage, ethical convictions, and legislation, the University values a teaching, learning, and working environment that is free from discrimination, harassment, and misconduct.
Thus, Mount Vernon Nazarene University takes its responsibilities toward compliance with Title IX seriously. The Title IX coordinator works with other staff to promote a campus free of sexual/gender-based harassment and violence.
All faculty and staff at the University, with the exception of those who hold confidentiality, must report incidents of sexual harassment and/or violence to the Title IX coordinator. Guidance from the Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights has made this very clear: "If a school knows or reasonably should know about student-on-student harassment that creates a hostile environment, Title IX requires the school to take immediate action to eliminate the harassment, prevent its recurrence, and address its effects." If a University faculty or staff member knows or should know of harassment, then the law considers the University to know.
Acts of Prohibited Conduct are unlawful for students, staff, and faculty. Specifically, they violate Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”) and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”); undermine the character and purpose of the University, and will not be tolerated. Acts of Prohibited Conduct also require the University to fulfill certain obligations under the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (“VAWA”) and the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (“Clery Act”).