Sexual Misconduct or Violence Policy (Title IX)

Discrimination, misconduct or violence based on sex or gender violates federal Title IX regulations. Nebraska Wesleyan will not tolerate sexual misconduct or violence in any form, including acquaintance or date rape, non-consensual sexual intercourse (or attempts to commit same), non-consensual sexual contact, non-disclosure of STD information, or sexual exploitation. Any member of the Nebraska Wesleyan University community who believes they have been a victim of sexual discrimination, but not limited to, sexual harassment, misconduct or violence may report their complaint to the Title IX Coordinator.

Enforcement of the University’s sexual harassment and sexual violence and misconduct policy is predicated on students filing a formal complaint. The University is required to investigate all incidents of sexual assault and harassment regardless of whether a complaint is filed. Should a complainant request anonymity this may limit the University’s ability to investigate and respond. If the complainant requests that no action be taken in the matter, the University is still required to investigate to the best of its ability.

If a sexual misconduct or violence complaint is filed, the University judiciary will adjudicate the complaint using policies developed specifically to respond to sexual misconduct or violence. This policy applies to sexual misconduct or violence, which may occur outside the University’s program or away from campus if the conduct negatively affects the victim’s academic experience or the overall academic environment. A complete copy of the procedures for sexual misconduct or violence is available in the Student Life Office.

Sexual Harassment

Additionally it is the policy of Nebraska Wesleyan University that no member of the community may sexually harass another. Sexual harassment is a form of sexual discrimination. It is the responsibility of all members of the Nebraska Wesleyan community to understand, prevent and combat sexual harassment.

Any activity perceived as sexual harassment should be reported. Unwanted sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitutes sexual harassment when:

  1. submission to such conduct is either an implicit or explicit condition of an individual’s education or employment
  2. submission to or rejection of such conduct is used as a basis for academic decisions or employment affecting the individual
  3. such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s academic performance or work or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive educational or work environment

Any person found in violation of this policy may be subject to disciplinary measures.

Any member of the University community who believes they have been the victim of sexual discrimination including harassment may report the complaint to the Title IX Coordinator. A complete statement of the Sexual Harassment Policy and Procedures is available in the Student Life Office, the Academic Affairs Office, and the Business Office.

Personal Harassment

Nebraska Wesleyan University is committed to freedom of speech and expression as published in the Student Code of Conduct. As a liberal arts university and an academic community, we affirm the rights of our members to freedom of expression. We also affirm the right of members to an academic and campus living environment in which acts of violence and harassment are not tolerated. Conduct which abuses or degrades another person, including but not limited to, bullying, threats, intimidation, verbal or physical abuse, stalking, coercion or hateful behavior, is inconsistent with the mission and values of the University and will be confronted and challenged as unacceptable.

Persons who feel they have been subjected to acts of personal harassment should refer such acts to the President of the University, a University Vice President, Provost, Dean or other designated resource persons.