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Sexual Misconduct and Harassment Policy

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Saint Xavier University has developed internal policies and procedures that provide a prompt, fair, and impartial process for those involved in an allegation sexual harassment or retaliation. Sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic and intimate partner violence, stalking, and retaliation in any form are an affront to human dignity and fundamentally at odds with the Mission and Core Values of Saint Xavier University. The University encourages all members of the SXU community to participate in creating a safe, welcoming, and respectful environment on campus and in all University-sponsored program and activities. Each member of the community is expected to assume responsibility for his or her own conduct, to report behaviors that may violate this policy, and to take reasonable and appropriate actions to prevent or stop acts of sexual misconduct.

The core purpose of this policy is the prohibition of sexual harassment and retaliation. When an alleged violation of this policy is reported, the allegations are subject to resolution using Saint Xavier University's "Process A" or "Process B", as determined by the Title IX Coordinator.

When the Respondent is a member of the Saint Xavier University community, a grievance process may be available regardless of the status of the Complainant, who may or may not be a member of the Saint Xavier University community. This community includes, but is not limited to, students, student organizations, faculty, administrators, staff, and third parties such as guests, visitors, volunteers, invitees, and campers.

The procedures may be applied to incidents, to patterns, and/or to the campus climate, all of which may be addressed and investigated in accordance with this policy.

*The Sexual Misconduct and Harassment Policy is effective August 14, 2020. On May 6, 2020, the United States Department of Education released new Title IX regulations, effective August 14, 2020 (the "2020 Title IX Regulations"). The new 2020 Federal Title IX Regulations require modification of this policy. However, there are several lawsuits pending which seek to stay, delay or block implementation of some or all of the provisions in the 2020 Title IX Regulations. Should a court delay, stay or strike down, either temporarily or permanently, any portion of the 2020 Title IX Regulations, SXU will make any necessary modifications to this Policy, which will become effective immediately. If a court delays implementation of or strikes down all of the regulations, the University may revert back or retain the previous version of this Policy.