Sexual Harassment and Discrimination
Winthrop University declares and reaffirms a policy of equal educational and employment opportunity and non-discrimination in its employment and educational programs and all other activities it operates both on and off University property. Accordingly, it is the policy of Winthrop University that sexual discrimination, in any form, by employees, students, and third parties/visitors will not be tolerated. It is also the policy of Winthrop University that retaliation against any person who has filed a complaint of sexual discrimination or who has assisted or participated in any manner in the investigation and resolution of a complaint of sexual discrimination is prohibited and subject to disciplinary action. Anyone believing he/she has been the victim of or a witness to, or otherwise has reason to believe or become aware of, discrimination by, or involving, any member of the University community, guests, or visitors on University property or any property controlled by the University, including off-campus University-sponsored events, should report the incident as soon as possible after the conclusion of the incident. Winthrop University will respond promptly to all complaints of sexual discrimination and retaliation. Immediate and appropriate corrective action will be taken when it is determined that discrimination has occurred. Violation of this policy can result in personal criminal and/or civil liability for any perpetrator, as well as any disciplinary action that the University deems appropriate. Winthrop University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational programs and in other activities operated by the University and is required by Title IX, and specifically 34 C.F.R. Part 106.9, not to discriminate in such a manner. This extends to employees of and applicants for employment or admission to Winthrop University. Inquiries concerning the application of Title IX may be directed to the Title IX Coordinator for the University or to the Assistant Secretary for the Office of Civil Rights of the Department of Education.
This policy applies to all members of the Winthrop University community, including, but not limited to, administrators, faculty, staff, supervisors, employees, students, volunteers, and visitors both on and off campus property. Off-campus property includes, but is not limited to, university programming and sporting event venues. The prohibited sexual discrimination may arise between employment supervisors and subordinates, between instructors and students, between peers, or between any of the foregoing persons who do business with the University. Contractors and their employees who are doing work for the university on campus or at university events are expected to abide fully in preventing all sexual discrimination involving university students, faculty, staff, and guests as outlined in Section C. Failure of to do so can be considered grounds to terminate their contracts with the University. Students who believe they have been subject to unlawful sexual discrimination or sexual misconduct by another student should contact the Office of the Dean of Students for review of the matter as an alleged violation of the Student Sexual Misconduct Policy found in the Student Handbook.