Sexual Misconduct

Committed to a Safe Campus

Fontbonne University is committed to a safe and healthy campus environment. The University will not tolerate any form of sexual misconduct or relationship violence as covered in the below linked Sexual Misconduct Policy or outlined below. Related Fontbonne University policies and supplemental materials can also be accessed below. Please access these materials for information on policy, reporting options, contact information and various other on/off campus resources.

Introduction

Fontbonne University is committed to promoting an environment that supports its educational mission and preserves the safety and dignity of its members. All members of the university share responsibility for fostering this environment by adhering to standards of conduct. Sexual misconduct, including sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking, is a serious violation of these standards. Sexual misconduct is also a form of sexual harassment as prohibited by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and the university’s policy on discrimination and harassment as found in the Student Handbook. The university will, as with any form of sexual harassment, take appropriate steps to prevent the recurrence of any sexual misconduct, and to correct its discriminatory effects on the complainant and others. The university will not tolerate any form of sexual misconduct or relationship violence as covered in this policy.

This Sexual Misconduct Policy is directed toward the following goals:

  1. To provide prompt, compassionate support for survivors or anyone adversely affected by sexual misconduct
  2. To foster a climate on campus in which reports of sexual misconduct are encouraged and supported
  3. To educate members of the campus community to recognize and report sexual misconduct
  4. To provide a framework in which the needs and decisions of all parties concerned are central in determining further administrative response and assistance and where reports of sexual misconduct are promptly, thoroughly and fairly investigated
  5. To protect the rights of the reporting party, the accused party, and other parties involved in or affected by the situation

Retaliation against a party or witness in the proceeding is proscribed. Retaliation is taking adverse action due to a person’s participation in the process although the making of any false statement can be subject to discipline. Retaliatory actions could be intimidation, threats, coercion or discriminating against any individual for the purpose of interfering with any right or privilege secured by Title IX. Retaliatory actions include, but are not limited to, threats of civil litigation against the Complainant for defamation, or spreading rumors intended to intimidate the Complainant from filing a complaint. Disciplinary action will be taken as necessary. Complaints of retaliation under this process will be addressed in the same manner as if the complaint alleged sexual harassment.

Scope of the Policy

This policy applies to all behavior in which the accused party is a student, faculty, staff or non-university affiliated party. Trained university staff will conduct the investigation and resolution per the procedures contained within the Institutional Policy section 2.1.2.8. University Procedures for Claims of Sex / Gender Discrimination. In the event that the accused party is a third party or other non-university affiliated party, Fontbonne will take appropriate corrective action and determine the appropriate manner of response consistent with the goals of this policy. Law enforcement will be contacted if and when appropriate.

This policy also applies to all acts where the conduct occurs on campus, occurs in the context of university programs or employment or occurs off campus in a space rented or leased by the University.

The requirements of this policy are without regard to the sexual orientation or preference of individuals engaging in sexual activity or sexually exploitative behavior.

All inquiries regarding the application of policies for the prevention of sexual harassment or sexual violence under Title IX should be referred to Fontbonne’s Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Coordinator, as listed below:

Carla Hickman, Title IX Coordinator

Associate Vice President for Student Affairs
Fontbonne University
6800 Wydown Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63015
(314) 889-1416 
chickman@fontbonne.edu

Danielle Doerfler, Title IX Deputy Coordinator

Associate Athletic Director
Fontbonne University
6800 Wydown Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63015
(314) 889–4540
ddoerfler@fontbonne.edu

Linda Pipitone, Title IX Deputy Coordinator

Director of Human Resources
Fontbonne University
6800 Wydown Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63015
(314) 889–1493
lpipitone@fontbonne.edu

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