The U.S. Department of Education mandates that institutions comply with specific requirements under Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972. Title IX is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex. NewSchool is committed to providing a safe educational and working environment for its students, faculty, staff, and other members of the university community.
NewSchool believes that all members of the university community should be free from all acts of sexual misconduct, including sexual assault, sexual harassment and discrimination, sexual exploitation, relationship violence, and stalking. All members of the NewSchool community and all visitors, regardless of sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression are advised that any sexual misconduct by any student, employee, or third party is prohibited. Any attempt to commit sexual misconduct, or to assist or willfully encourage any such act, is a violation of this Policy. Sexual misconduct is contrary to the basic values of NewSchool, which include promoting a sense of community, fostering learning, instilling integrity, and achieving excellence. NewSchool is committed to providing for the prompt and equitable resolution of all complaints of sexual misconduct.
This policy applies to all complaints of sexual misconduct in NewSchool’s education programs and activities. It prohibits conduct which occurs on campus or at locations, events, or circumstances over which the institution exercised substantial control over the accused and the context in which the harassment occurs, as well as any buildings owned or controlled by an officially recognized NewSchool student organization. This policy prohibits sexual misconduct by all third parties (including but not limited to visitors, guests, volunteers and contractors) on NewSchool’s campuses and during university activities. It also applies to applicants for admission to, or employment with, NewSchool.
Pursuant to applicable federal Title IX regulations, this policy only applies to incidents and allegations for which NewSchool has actual knowledge. Actual knowledge, as so defined, occurs only if a NewSchool Official (as this term is later defined) with the authority to institute or take corrective measures under this policy receives notice of sexual misconduct. NewSchool is not deemed to have actual knowledge of incidents or allegations based solely on the actions of its employees or agents. The obligation to report sexual harassment does not cause an employee to be deemed an official with authority to institute or take corrective action. Title IX coordinators are NewSchool Officials with authority to institute or take corrective measures.
Violations of this policy may result in disciplinary action up to and including removal from the university for students and termination of employment for faculty and staff. When used in this policy the term complainant refers to a person claiming that a violation of this policy occurred, and the term respondent refers to a person accused of violating this policy.
The complete policy is available in the Academic Catalog and Student Handbook.