Title IX prohibits sex discrimination, sexual harassment, and sexual violence in all student services and academic programs, including, but not limited to, admissions, financial aid, advising, housing, athletics, recreational services, health services, counseling, classroom assignments, and grading.
Dillard University is committed to creating and maintaining a campus environment where all individuals are treated with respect and dignity and free to participate in a lively exchange of ideas. Individuals have a right to learn and work in an environment free of harassment.
Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination prohibited under Title IX and will not be tolerated at Dillard University.
Harassment is not just limited to conduct of a sexual nature. Dillard prohibits harassment based upon an individual’s race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, marital status, military status, veteran status, or any other status or classification protected by federal, state, or local law.
Harassment occurs when unwelcome verbal or physical conduct, because of its severity and/or pervasiveness, significantly interferes with an individual’s work or education, or adversely affects an individual’s employment or ability to learn or participate in school activities.
Harassment also occurs when a person uses a position of authority to engage in unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature.
Dillard complies with federal mandates related to Title IX, sex discrimination, sexual assault, sexual violence, intimate partner violence and dating violence.
Dillard provides many resources to students, faculty and staff to address concerns relating to discrimination or harassment on the basis of sex, which includes sexual harassment and sexual violence. Students and Staff should familiarize themselves with the Dignity Bill of Rights.
Any student, faculty, staff member or applicant for admission who has concerns about sex discrimination or sexual misconduct is encouraged to seek the assistance of a Title IX Coordinator.
When individuals involved in a consensual romantic or sexual relationship are in positions of unequal power at the university, there is the potential for a conflict of interest, favoritism, and exploitation. In order to protect the integrity of the university academic and work environment, this policy outlines limitations on consensual romantic or sexual relationships between faculty, staff and students at Dillard University.
For the purpose of this policy, consensual romantic or sexual relationships means relationships of a romantic, dating, and/or sexual nature entered into with consent of both parties. For the purpose of this policy, supervisory or evaluative authority is the power to control or influence another person’s employment, 22 academic advancement, or extracurricular participation, including but not limited to, hiring, work conditions, compensation, promotion, discipline, admission, grades, assignments, supervision of dissertations, recommendations, financial support, or participation in extracurricular programs.
When individuals involved in a consensual romantic or sexual relationship are in positions of unequal power at the university, such as faculty-student, supervisor-supervisee, advisor-advisee, coach-student, senior facultyjunior faculty, senior staff-junior staff, or faculty-staff, there is the potential for a conflict of interest, favoritism, and exploitation. These relationships may be less voluntary than the person with greater power perceives, or circumstances may change and conduct that was once welcome may become unwelcome. The fact that a relationship was initially consensual does not insulate the person with greater power from a claim of sexual harassment. Further, a party’s professional or academic reputation may suffer due to perceptions of favoritism or exploitation. Moreover, such relationships may lead to restricted opportunities, or a perception thereof, for others in the work or academic environment. To protect the integrity of the university academic and work environment, Dillard requires that when a consensual romantic or sexual relationship exists or has existed between people in positions of unequal power at the university, the person with the greater power must not hold any supervisory or evaluative authority over the other person in the relationship, except as provided below.
If such a consensual relationship exists or develops, the person in the position of greater power must immediately report the relationship to his or her department chair, dean, or the Office of Academic Affairs (in the case of a faculty member), or the Office of Human Resources (in the case of a staff member). It is the responsibility of both the person with the greater power in the relationship and the individual to whom the relationship is reported to ensure that the party with the greater power is removed from any supervisory or evaluative authority over the other party to the relationship. In extraordinary circumstances where removal of supervisory or evaluative authority is not practicable, the parties must work with the department chair, dean, and the Office of Academic Affairs (in the case of a faculty member), or the Office of Human Resources (in the case of a staff member) to determine whether a written management plan can be developed to manage the conflict of interest. Failure to comply with the notification, removal, or management plan requirement is a violation of this policy.
Consensual romantic or sexual relationships between faculty and students or coaches and students, even absent any supervisory or evaluative authority, may lead to unanticipated conflicts of interest since a teacher’s or coach’s influence and power may extend beyond the classroom, department, or team. There is always the possibility that the faculty member or coach may unexpectedly be placed in a position of power over the student. Due to the institutional power differential in faculty-student and coach-student relationships, there is the inherent risk of coercion and the perception by others of exploitation.
Accommodations for preexisting relationships between a faculty/staff member and a prospective student will also be considered on a case-by-case basis, and, when possible, will lead to development of a management plan in consultation with the department chair, dean, and the Office of Academic Affairs. Failure to comply with the required notification, removal of evaluative authority or management plan is a violation of this Policy.
If any faculty, staff, or student of Dillard violates the terms of this Policy, disciplinary action will be taken in accordance with relevant disciplinary procedures contained in the relevant handbooks, policies, procedures, practices, or contracts. Violations of this policy will result in disciplinary actions, which can include, but are not limited to, written warnings, loss of privileges, mandatory training or counseling, probation, suspension, demotion, exclusion, expulsion, and termination of employment.
It is the policy of Dillard University that all decisions regarding educational and employment opportunities at this University shall be made without unlawful discrimination because of race, sex, sexual orientation, color, 23 creed, age, national origin, disability or veteran status. Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination and is therefore in violation of University policy as well as federal and state statutes
Sexual harassment in any form is prohibited under this policy. Sexual harassment is a form of discrimination and is unlawful under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972. According to these statutes, sexual harassment is defined as “unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when submission to or rejection of such conduct is used as the basis for employment or educational decisions or such conduct has the purpose or effect of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working or learning environment. Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual advances or requests for sexual favors and/or other verbal or physical conduct or communication of a sexual nature when:
Sexual harassment does not refer to behavior or occasional compliments of a socially acceptable nature. It refers to behavior that is unwelcome and that is personally offensive, and therefore interferes with work or learning effectiveness.
Sexual harassment may take different forms. Examples of conduct that may constitute sexual harassment are:
Courteous, mutually respectful, non‐coercive interactions between employees and/or students that are acceptable to and welcomed by both parties are not considered to be harassment, including sexual harassment.
Sexual harassment may occur within a variety of relationships. These relationships may or may not involve unequal authority. Allegations of sexual harassment will be scrutinized, regardless of the relationship of a complainant to an alleged offender. Sexual Harassment will not be tolerated in any form.
Where submission to harassment is used as the basis for employment or educational decisions. Quid pro quo harassment occurs when employee benefits such as raises, promotions, working hours, etc., or student benefits such as grades, assignments, recommendations, etc., are directly linked to compliance with sexual advances. Therefore, only someone with the authority to grant such benefits can engage in quid pro quo harassment.
Example: A supervisor promising or implying a raise to an employee if she goes on a date with him; a professor telling or suggesting to a student he will not get a recommendation for graduate school if he does not go out with her.
Where the harassment creates an offensive and unpleasant working or learning environment. Hostile environment can be created by anyone in the work or learning environment, whether it is supervisors, fellow employees, professors, students, or outside contractors. Hostile environment harassment consists of language of a sexual nature, unwelcome sexual materials, or unwelcome physical contact as a regular part of the work environment. Cartoons or posters of a sexual nature, vulgar or lewd comments or jokes, or unwanted touching or fondling all fall into this category.
Where an individual or individuals are harassed because of their gender.
Sexual Verbal Abuse is language that is sexual in nature and unwanted on the part of another person. Examples include, but are not limited to, obscene telephone calls and use of written and/or oral communication which would be considered obscene.
Sexual misconduct in any form is prohibited. Sexual assault and sexual battery are both considered crimes of violence. Louisiana law defines rape as any anal, oral, or vaginal intercourse committed without lawful consent due to force, alcohol, narcotics, or unsoundness of mind. A person’s conduct may violate Dillard University’s definition of sexual misconduct while not violating Louisiana law.
Any member of the Dillard University community classified as student, faculty, or staff, who believes he or she is a victim of discrimination in violation of this policy should immediately report the incident to the Director of Human Resources. Employees or students who present a complaint or participate in an investigation or other proceedings pursuant to Dillard University’s discrimination policy will not suffer any adverse consequences.
Dillard’s Title IX Policy requires that Dillard employees inform the Title IX Coordinator of any incident that could fall under Title IX. This is true for most faculty and staff. There are a few who are considered “Confidential Resources”, such as the counselors, who are not required to inform the Title IX Coordinator. Please know that informing the Title IX Coordinator of an incident is NOT THE SAME AS FILING A FORMAL TITLE IX COMPLAINT but it could lead to a formal complaint.
It is important to make sure the Title IX Coordinator is informed of an incident so that a number of things can happen. After being contacted, one of the things the Title IX Coordinator will do is to be sure the alleged victim is offered supportive measures, such as counseling, a no contact order, changes class schedule, work schedule, or living arrangements. Supportive measures can be put into place whether or not a student decides to file a complaint on campus. This is generally done in an email message with attached documents that list resources. There may be a follow up message sent to the alleged victim, but it is up to the student to respond to indicate that she/he is open to learning more about supportive measures and resources.
Another important reason to inform the Title IX Coordinator is because the Coordinator can inform the student about all of the options available to file a complaint on campus or not, and to assist with connecting with the Dillard University Police Department (DUPD) or even the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) if a student wants to move forward with filing a complaint there. There is no pressure and a student may only disclose what they feel comfortable sharing.
Here are the steps:
Anyone who is aware of an incident or issue can submit information about the incident. There are a number of ways to do this. One is to contact the Title IX Coordinator, Sheila Judge by emailing email@example.com or by calling 504-816-4370. You can also send a message to TitleIX@dillard.edu.
Please keep in mind that this is not a formal complaint. But it may lead to a formal complaint if the alleged victim wishes to file a complaint. If the alleged victim does not wish to file a formal complaint, supportive measures and access to supportive resources will be provided by the Title IX Coordinator.