Title IX is a federal law that states, “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.”
Heidelberg University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, or disability in its education programs, employment or activities. The Sex Discrimination Policy addresses all forms of sexual discrimination, including sexual misconduct and sexual harassment. Heidelberg University does not discriminate on the basis of sex, gender, or gender identity in its educational, extracurricular, athletic, or other programs or in the context of admissions or employment in accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.
Heidelberg University, as an educational community, will promptly and equitably respond to all reports of sexual discrimination in order to eliminate the misconduct and/or harassment, prevent its recurrence, and address its effects on any individual or the community.
This policy applies to all members of the University community including: students, employees, volunteers, independent contractors, visitors, and any individuals regularly or temporarily employed, studying, living, visiting, conducting business, or having any official capacity at the University.
Title IX Violations Include (but are not limited to):
- Sexual Advances, requests for sexual favors and sexually motivated physical conduct
- Overt or subtle pressure for sexual activity
- Sexually offensive verbalization including remarks, “teasing,” slurs, and innuendo
- Repeated inappropriate jokes or comments about sex or gender specific traits
- Conduct that is demeaning or derisive and occurs substantially because of one’s gender
- Sexual assault/sexual violence/rape
- Dating assault/dating violence/domestic violence
- Gender based disparate treatment
The University will not tolerate retaliation against any person making a complaint of sex discrimination or against any person cooperating in the investigation of alleged acts of sex discrimination. Retaliation includes, but is not limited to, intimidation, threats, or harassment against any Complainant or third party. Individuals who are alleged to engage in retaliatory tactics may face disciplinary action independent of the sanction or interim measures imposed in response to the underlying allegations of sex discrimination. Any acts of retaliation should be reported promptly to the Title IX Office.
The University expects all community members to take reasonable and prudent actions to prevent or stop an act of sex discrimination. Taking action may include direct intervention, calling law enforcement, or seeking assistance from a person in authority. The University will support its members who choose to intervene in this fashion.
If a person believes they or someone they know has been the victim of sex discrimination, it should promptly be reported to the University's Title IX Office.
Heidelberg has also compiled supportive resources for the campus community.
All employees and students at Heidelberg University are required to complete VectorSolutions (formerly SafeColleges)training on an annual basis. VectorSolutions is a comprehensive, web-based training management system that provides engaging compliance and prevention Title IX training for students, employees and Board of Trustees members.
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