Student Sexual Misconduct Policy and Procedures (Title IX)
PURPOSE OF THE POLICY
Section I. Purpose & Applicability. Columbia College Chicago (the “College” or “Columbia”) is committed to maintaining an environment that respects the dignity of its students, faculty, and staff and is free from discrimination of any kind. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and its implementing regulations (“Title IX”) prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs or activities. Sexual Harassment of students, which includes acts of Sexual Violence, is a form of sex discrimination. In compliance with Title IX, this Student Sexual Misconduct Policy and Procedures (the “Policy”) contains Grievance Procedures (defined and explained in Section XIV) that provide for prompt and equitable resolution of any allegation of Sexual Misconduct, a type of Sexual Harassment as defined below, that is (A) made against a student by another student, College employee, or third party and (B) related to or made in the context of the College’s academic, educational, extracurricular, athletic or other programs and activities. The College designed these procedures to end the Sexual Misconduct, eliminate any resulting hostile environment, remedy any other effects, and prevent the Sexual Misconduct from reoccurring. This Policy applies to all Columbia faculty, staff, students, as well as to third parties (the “Community”), regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
Please note that the Anti-Discrimination & Harassment Policy governs allegations of sexual misconduct made against a Columbia staff member, faculty member, or a third party (such as a vendor). The Anti-Discrimination & Harassment Policy is available at: https://about.colum.edu/human-resources/pdf/anti-discrimination-and-harassment-policy.pdf.