Sexual Harassment and Assault Policy
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It is the policy of the Texas Woman's University that no member of the University community may sexually harass another. Any employee or student will be subject to disciplinary action for violation of this policy.
Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute sexual harassment when:
- Submission to such conduct is made, either explicitly or implicitly, a term or condition of an individual's employment or education;
- Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for employment or academic decision affecting that individual;
- Such conduct has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with an individual's professional or academic performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive employment, education, or living environment.
Sexual harassment is illegal under Title VII of the Civil Rights Acts of 1964 and Title IX of the Educational Amendments Act of 1972. In some cases, sexual harassment may be subject to prosecution under the criminal sexual conduct law. All complaints concerning matters of sexual harassment will originate with the EEO/Affirmative Action officer. If a person wishes to file a complaint of sexual harassment, the complaint must be filed within 60 days following an incident. The full text of this policy is available from the Department of Human Resources and the Office of Student Life.
Sexual Assault is a felony under the criminal laws of the State of Texas and will not be tolerated at Texas Woman's University. Any such act committed by a Texas Woman's University student is a violation of the Student Code of Conduct and subject to disciplinary action.
Texas Woman's University is committed to providing an educational atmosphere in which students can achieve their goals and maximum potential. When students experience sexual assault, their sense of safety and trust is violated. This violation can seriously interfere with personal lives and educational goals. Thus, the University is committed to establishing rules and procedures that are responsive to sexual assault victims.
According to Texas Woman's University Student Code of Conduct, sexual assault is defined as:
The oral, anal, or vaginal penetration by a sexual organ of another or oral/anal/vaginal penetration by any means against the victim's will or without his/her consent. An individual who is mentally incapacitated, unconscious, or unaware that the sexual assault is occurring is considered unable to give consent. The type of force employed may involve physical violence or force, coercion, intentional impairment of an individual's ability to appraise the situation through the administering of any substance, or threat of harm to a victim.
While the Texas Woman's University community prides itself on its very low incidence of sexual assault compared to state-wide statistics, students on a university campus are always potential victims of sexual assault. While most sexual assault victims are women, men may also be victims. In Texas, a sexual assault is committed about once every hour.
To reduce your risk of sexual assault you must be aware, prepared, and informed.