Saint Vincent College is deeply committed to its strong tradition of respecting, preserving, protecting and enhancing the dignity of every member of its community and all whom we welcome as guests. This tradition embraces the notion that no member of the College community is, or should be, excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or subjected to discrimination in, any College program or activity on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Gender-based and sexual harassment, including sexual violence, are forms of discrimination that deny or limit an individual’s ability to participate in and benefit from the programs and activities of the College. Accordingly, the College expressly prohibits them.
As a recipient of Federal funds, the College complies with Title IX of the Higher Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs or activities, and its current regulations, which were most recently promulgated by the United States Department of Education on May 6, 2020, with an effective date of August 14, 2020.
In addition Title IX, other laws – notably the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (“Clery”), the Violence Against Women Act (“VAWA”); the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act (“Campus SaVE”); Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”); and Pennsylvania Act 16 of 2019 (“Act 16”) – place responsibilities and requirements upon Saint Vincent relating to its efforts in responding to, reporting, preventing and educating Saint Vincent students, faculty and staff concerning sexual harassment and sexual misconduct (“Prohibited Conduct”). Prohibited Conduct includes two classifications -- Title IX Sexual Harassment and Non-Title IX Prohibited Conduct,
The College’s Sexual Harassment and Sexual Misconduct policy sets forth the College’s commitment to:
- Identifying the forms of Prohibited Conduct;
- Outlining the College’s response and procedures for reports of to Prohibited Conduct;
- Delivering prevention and awareness programs and ongoing training and education campaigns to students, faculty and staff;
- Engaging in investigative inquiry, grievance processes and resolution of reports and complaints that are adequate, reliable, impartial, prompt, fair, and equitable;
- Supporting complainants and respondents and holding persons accountable for established violations of this policy; and
- Providing a written explanation of the rights and options available to every student or employee who are parties to a report or complaint of Prohibited Conduct, regardless of when or where the conduct occurred.
In addition, this policy:
- Delineates the College’s responsibilities and actions with regards to reports of sexual harassment and sexual misconduct that are covered under state and federal law;
- Identifies the College’s designated Title IX Coordinator and describes the Coordinator’s role in compliance with Title IX, the Clery Act and VAWA, and Act 16.
- Identifies how students and employees can report Prohibited Conduct to the College confidentially and what resources are available both on and off campus to aid them, including employees’ and students’ rights to notify local law enforcement and their right also to decline to notify such authorities.
- Provides information about how reports are assessed, investigated, and resolved.
- Provides the College with a means to take all reasonable steps to identify Prohibited Conduct, prevent recurrence, and to remedy its effects.