Sexual Misconduct Policy
All members of the Shenandoah University community including guests and visitors have a reasonable expectation to be free from sexual discrimination in the form of sexual misconduct by any other member of the university community.
Sexual misconduct violates Shenandoah University policy and federal civil rights law, including the Title IX Education Amendments of 1972. As a recipient of federal funds, the University complies with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX). Title IX provides that: “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”
Instances of sexual misconduct and sexual violence are serious violations of university policy and are prohibited. Shenandoah University considers sexual misconduct to be one of the most serious violations of the values and standards of the university. Sexual misconduct encompasses a wide range of behavior that includes but is not limited to sexual assault, sexual exploitation, sexual harassment, stalking, dating violence, domestic violence or relationship violence. The university is committed to education, prevention and response to all behaviors that violate its non-discrimination policy. Any individual – including faculty, staff, students, guests and visitors – whose conduct violates this policy will be subject to disciplinary action in accordance with the student code of conduct and other university regulations and policies. Shenandoah University is committed to investigating reports of sexual misconduct, to adjudicating them according to the policies of the university, and to provide support to those who have been affected by sexual misconduct.
Shenandoah University values the unique and diverse perspectives of individuals and communities locally and globally and seeks to foster mutual understanding in an inviting community where individuals are welcome and respected. The university does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran’s status or on any other basis protected under applicable law.
The university’s sexual misconduct policy and procedures for addressing sexual misconduct claims may be read using the following link: Title IX Sexual Harassment Policy and Procedures
Records of all allegations, investigations, and resolutions will be maintained by the Title IX Coordinator for seven years.