||The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its education programs, and sexual harassment and sexual violence are types of sex discrimination. The University’s policy prohibiting sex discrimination applies to conduct on and off campus and protects students, faculty, staff, and visitors.
According to the Sex Discrimination Guidelines of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination. Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute sexual harassment when:
1. Submissions to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s employment or academic performance, or
2. Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis of employment or academic decisions affecting such individual, or
3. Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work or academic performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working or educational environment.
Sexual harassment involving students may occur between two or more students, between students and faculty, or between students and administrators. Third party harassment may occur when a person who is not the direct target of harassment suffers the consequences of harassment indirectly, for example, when a student overhears others in the classroom talking and joking about sexual subjects.
Complaints or incidents of harassment that do not involve sexual violence should be reported immediately to the Dean of Student Life or any other member of the Department of Student Life. (Complaints of sexual violence should be reported to the police, Campus Security, and/or the University’s Sexual Assault Response and Prevention Coordinator, as described in the section below.)
Once the University is notified of a complaint, the Dean of Student Life or her designee will conduct a prompt review. This will be conducted as confidentially as possible keeping in mind any request for privacy, but also the well-being of members of the University community. The accused will be notified of the complaint, afforded an opportunity to respond, and notified of the outcome of the review.
The goal of the review will be to determine if harassment has occurred, and if so, to redress the situation, including taking appropriate steps to prevent it from happening again. The review may result in a recommendation of mediation between the parties, legal action, or disciplinary action including a warning letter, probation, suspension, or dismissal from the University. Retaliation against a person who reports harassment in good faith will not be tolerated.
If a finding of harassment is made, a record will be filed in the harasser’s file. Upon written request, the University will disclose to the alleged victim of a non-forcible sex offense, the results of any disciplinary hearing conducted by the University against a student who is the alleged perpetrator of the crime or offense.
“Sexual violence” is defined as attempted or actual sexual contact performed without the active, verbal consent of another individual. It includes Sexual Assault, Sexual Battery, (making unwanted and sexually offensive contact with an intimate body part of another person, including clothing covering any intimate body part, or which cause an immediate apprehension in the other person that such an act will occur), and any kind of “Sexual Contact,” obtained without effective consent.
Sexual violence can be committed by anyone against a person of the same or other gender. Sexual violence can be committed by current or former lovers, friends, acquaintances, or strangers.
Students, faculty members, and staff members should understand that apparently consensual sexual relationships, particularly those between individuals of unequal status, may be or become a violation of this policy. Anyone who engages in a sexual relationship with a person over whom the individual has any degree of formal power or authority must understand that the validity of the consent involved can and may be questioned. The University is particularly aware of the abuse potentially inherent in sexual relationships between staff or faculty members and students, and between supervisors and their employees.
Sexual violence, whether on or off campus, is prohibited and will not be tolerated. This applies to academic, educational, co-curricular, athletic, study abroad, residential and off-campus conduct, and other programs.
What to Do if you Believe you are the Victim of Sexual Violence
Maharishi University of Management urges people who have been sexually assaulted to pursue criminal charges against the person or persons they believe to have committed the sexual assault. A person who has experienced a sexual assault involving a member of the campus community is also urged to make a complaint to the University by contacting Campus Safety and Security and/or MUM’s Sexual Assault Response and Prevention Coordinator .
The Sexual Assault Response and Prevention Coordinator is Caterina Roesler. She can be reached at (641)472-7000 ext 2441; email@example.com.
Complainants are also advised to seek medical attention as soon as possible or within 72 hours of a sexual assault, though they may do this at any time.
When informed of an alleged incident of sexual violence, all University students, faculty and employees are urged to encourage and assist complainants, as needed, to report the incident to local law enforcement, local victim/survivor services, M.U.M.’s Sexual Assault Response and Prevention Coordinator, Sandra Prochaska, or another member the Student Life Department, and/or campus security authorities. A criminal charge and an internal complaint can be pursued at the same time.
Actions by a student, faculty or, staff member intended as retaliation, reprisal or intimidation against an individual for making a complaint or participating in any way in a report or investigation under this policy are prohibited and are subject to appropriate disciplinary action.
For the University’s complete policy on What to Do in Case of Sexual Violence, including definitions, reporting options, medical treatment, counseling resources, investigation process, and appeal process, as well as Frequently Asked Questions, please go here.