May 19, 2024

Title IX for Employees

Title IX for Employees

Revisions to the Sexual Misconduct Policy and Upcoming Training:

The University of Mary Washington (UMW) is committed to providing a safe and non-discriminatory learning, living, and working environment for all members of the University community. UMW does not discriminate on the basis of sex or gender in any of its education or employment programs and activities. To that end, our Sexual Misconduct Policy prohibits specific forms of behavior that may violate Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”); relevant provisions of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (“VAWA”); Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”); the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (“Clery Act”); and the Virginia Human Rights Act.

UMW prohibits Sexual Assault, Sexual Exploitation, Intimate Partner Violence, Stalking, Sexual or Gender-Based Harassment, and Retaliation against a person for the good faith reporting of any of these forms of conduct or participation in any investigation or proceeding under the policy (collectively, “Prohibited Conduct”). These forms of Prohibited Conduct are unlawful, undermine the character and purpose of the University and will not be tolerated.

One of the many outcomes of the President appointed UMW Sexual Misconduct Task Force was the revision of our Sexual Misconduct Policy. The revised policy was effective on September 18, 2015 and can be found on Board Docs. Please take a few minutes to review this very important policy. (http://www.boarddocs.com/va/umw/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=93QKQ352EB3D).

In addition, it is important that every employee (except for the Talley Center Staff, the Health Center Staff and designated Title IX Advocates) understands you are a “responsible employee.” This means you are required to report to the Title IX Coordinator all relevant details (obtained directly or indirectly) about an incident of Prohibited Conduct, as defined by policy, that involves any student as a complainant, respondent, or witness, including dates, times, locations, and names of parties and witnesses.

Within the next few weeks Human Resources will launch a comprehensive online training course regarding sexual misconduct. This training will be required for all employees and will outline your rights as an employee, your responsibilities and your resources in regards to Sexual Misconduct. The training takes approximately 2 hours; however, it can be taken in segments based on your time allowed.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Terri Arthur at 540-654-2015 or tlockhar@umw.edu.