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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Manchester University today announces it has adopted a comprehensive, zero-tolerance policy on sexual misconduct.
In one central policy document and on one website, www.manchester.edu/common/aboutmanchester/titleix.htm, the University provides information about how to report allegations of sexual misconduct; how the response process works; and information about resources and assistance.
“We view the changes regarding Title IX at the federal level as not just a legal obligation, but an opportunity to better serve our students. Our policy makes clear that it is OK to talk about these issues and ensures that we have an environment that does not tolerate discrimination and sexual misconduct of any kind,” said Whitney Caudill, MU’s Title IX coordinator and vice president for university engagement. Title IX is a federal civil rights law that prohibits sex discrimination in educational programs and activities.
“We have always had policies and procedures, but with evolution of the law in this area there was a need for a single, all-encompassing resource to inform the Manchester community about our commitment to preventing sexual misconduct and addressing allegations of misconduct,” Caudill said.
The policy defines what “consent” means and covers topics including sexual harassment; non-consensual sexual contact and intercourse, including rape and sexual assault; dating and domestic violence; sexual exploitation; and stalking.
The policy is effective immediately, as announced Monday by President Dave McFadden in an email to students, faculty and staff.
“I know that all of us take very seriously Manchester’s mission to value the infinite worth of every individual,” McFadden said. “Part of honoring that value is making sure that Manchester is committed to zero-tolerance for sexual misconduct and violence.”
MU is preparing to raise awareness at its campuses in North Manchester and Fort Wayne. The policy approval and website are the main components of the first-phase rollout. The University will launch an extensive campaign during the fall semester.
Contact: Whitney Caudill
Vice president for university engagement, Title IX coordinator
May 11, 2015