It is the responsibility of every member of the University community to foster an environment free of Prohibited Conduct. All members of the University community are encouraged to take reasonable and prudent actions to prevent or stop an act of Prohibited Conduct. The University will support and assist community members who take such actions. Retaliating against an individual for making a claim of Prohibited Conduct or participating in the reporting, investigation, or resolution of a claim of Prohibited Conduct is also a violation of this Policy and constitutes Prohibited Conduct.

So that the University may continue to foster a safe and respectful climate on campus as it relates to preventing and responding to acts of Prohibited Conduct, this Policy and related procedures have been created and serve to demonstrate the University’s commitment to:

  • Prohibiting acts of sex discrimination, sexual harassment, and sexual violence;
  • Disseminating clear policies and procedures for responding to Prohibited Conduct of which the University has actual knowledge and jurisdiction as defined by Title IX;
  • Delivering primary prevention and awareness programs and ongoing training and education campaigns to students and employees so they may identify Prohibited Conduct; understand how to report Prohibited Conduct; recognize warning signs of potentially abusive behavior and ways to reduce risks; and learn about safe and positive options for bystander intervention that may be carried out by an individual to prevent harm or intervene when there is a risk of Prohibited Conduct;
  • Conducting prompt, fair, and equitable investigations of Reports of Prohibited Conduct;
  • Supporting and providing assistance to both Complainants and Respondents;
  • Holding individuals who violate this Policy accountable; and
  • Providing a written explanation of the rights and options available to every UAH student or employee that has been the victim of Prohibited Conduct. It is the intent of this Policy and its related procedures to accomplish the following:
  • Identify the Title IX Coordinator and Deputy Title IX Coordinators and describe their roles;
  • Outline how Reports of Prohibited Conduct can be made to the University and what Supportive Measures and resources are available both on and off campus to aid them, including the right of students and employees to report (or decline to report) Prohibited Conduct that potentially constitutes a crime to local law enforcement authorities;
  • Provide information about how Reports of Prohibited Conduct are received, assessed, investigated, and resolved; and
  • Remedy the discriminatory effects of Prohibited Conduct on Complainants and others as appropriate.

Jurisdiction (to whom: where this policy applies)

This Policy applies to acts of Prohibited Conduct committed by or against students, employees, and third parties of which the University has Actual Knowledge and when:

  • The conduct occurs on campus or property owned or controlled by the University;
  • The conduct occurs in the context of the University’s employment or education programs or activities, including, but not limited to, research, on-line, academic or professional conferences, or internship programs; or
  • The conduct occurs outside the context of the University’s employment or education programs or activities, but the Complainant has to interact with the Respondent while on campus or property owned or controlled by the University or in any employment or education program or activity or where the effects of the underlying Prohibited Conduct creates a hostile environment in the Complainant’s workplace or educational environment.