USK has a responsibility to respond quickly and effectively to address sexual misconduct and any other conduct that is motivated by sex or gender that creates a hostile environment for USK students. USK is committed to prevention of all forms of sexual misconduct as well as the protection and rehabilitation of victims of such acts. Gender-based misconduct includes but is not limited to the following:
- All forms of relationship violence
- Sexual misconduct
- Any misconduct where someone is targeted because of sex or gender.
WHAT IS TITLE IX?
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (20 U.S.C. § 1681) is an all-encompassing federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex of students and employees of educational institutions that receive federal financial assistance. Title IX reads as the following:
“No person in the United States, shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance…” Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and its implementing regulation at 34 C.F.R. Part 106 (Title IX)
For more information, please see USK’s official gender-based misconduct policy.
DUTY TO REPORT
All faculty and staff play a crucial role in helping create a campus culture at USK where gender-based violence of any kind is not tolerated. As a campus community, we are committed to education, training and services that encourage healthy, safe and respectful relationships. At USK, we desire to go beyond compliance with federal laws concerning gender-based violence, and we aspire to provide a survivor-friendly environment.
As part of this commitment, all faculty and staff who become aware of incidences of relationship violence, sexual misconduct, sexual harassment and stalking are required to notify the university.
Faculty and staff are responsible for informing students of their duty to notify the university.
To view the Faculty & Staff Mandatory Reporter Policy, click here.
WHAT IS COVERED?
This policy applies to all members of the USK community. The USK community includes current undergraduate and graduate students, staff and faculty, administration and any third parties interacting with students, staff, faculty or administration of USK. The policy covers members of the USK community regardless of age, race or gender.
This policy covers all activities that occur on USK’s campus or at its facilities and regional campuses or extension sites, as well as activities off campus where members of the USK community are involved. It covers all relationships, including but not limited to student with student, student with staff and faculty, student with administration, student with third parties, staff and faculty with staff and faculty, staff and faculty with administration, staff and faculty with third parties, administration with administration and administration with third parties. It covers all USK-related programs and events, both on and off campus, including international programs.