Title IX and Non-Discrimination
As a Catholic institution, Marian University is rooted in respect for the inherent dignity of each person. The University fosters a campus community that is inclusive of persons of diverse backgrounds and faiths and does not tolerate discrimination in any form by any University employee or member of the student body. The following related policies and procedures reflect this commitment as well as the University’s ongoing compliance with applicable federal and state laws and regulations. The University does not discriminate, or tolerate discrimination by any member of its community, against any individual on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, or any other factor prohibited by law in matters of admissions, employment, or services or in the educational programs or activities it operates.
Harassment, whether verbal, physical or visual, that is based on any of these characteristics, is a form of discrimination. This includes harassing conduct affecting tangible job or educational benefits, interfering unreasonably with an individual’s academic or work performance, or creating what a reasonable person would perceive is an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment. Additional information regarding the University’s prohibitions against non-discrimination (including sexual harassment, sexual assault, and sexual violence) is set forth below.
While the University is committed to the principles of free inquiry and free expression, discrimination, harassment, and retaliation identified in this policy are neither legally protected expression nor the proper exercise of academic freedom.
What is Title IX?
Title IX is a federal law that protects people from sex discrimination in educational programs and activities at colleges and universities that receive federal financial assistance. Sexual harassment, including sexual violence, and retaliation are forms of discrimination prohibited by Title IX. The law reads, in part, as follows:
No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under any educational program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.
(Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 to the 1964 Civil Rights Act)
What constitutes sexual harassing behavior?
Sexual harassment is unwelcomed, gender-based verbal or physical behavior that is objectively offensive and is severe, persistent, or pervasive. The effect of harassment creates a hostile environment and/or interferes with, denies, or limits a person’s ability to benefit from Marian University’s educational programs and/or activities.
Human Dignity Statement
Marian University was founded on the principles of the Judeo-Christian tradition. At the very center of this tradition is the affirmation of the value and sacred dignity of the human person. This principle is the cornerstone of the Marian University community.
The Marian community strives to uphold the dignity of every person and to confront challenges to that dignity. The University does not tolerate inappropriate use of power or authority by its members, nor does the University condone any other violation of human dignity. Marian University addresses violations of human dignity through the codes and processes listed in this handbook.
These behavioral codes, as listed in this handbook, govern the conduct of members of the University community. Rules emphasizing the importance of human dignity and practices that promote appropriate respect for individuality and basic human rights are intended to encourage the Marian University community to incorporate such values into interactions with all persons, whether members of the Marian community or the larger society.
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