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Sexual Respect

DePauw University is committed to establishing and maintaining an environment that values and protects the rights of all members of our community.

To this end, the University takes seriously any reports of sexual misconduct, including sexual harassment, sexual assault, and any other form of interpersonal violence, including stalking, domestic violence, and dating violence. This commitment is reflected in the Sexual Misconduct and Interpersonal Violence Policy, located in the DePauw Student Handbook, and in employee policies as well. As a community, we seek to keep all students, faculty, and staff informed of the resources available to them to help educate, prevent, report, and respond to incidents of sexual misconduct while promoting the expectation of our community that sexual respect and wellness are central.

Sexual misconduct and interpersonal violence - as defined within our University policies and handbooks - are a violation of University policy and, depending upon the conduct involved, may be a violation of state criminal law. The University is committed to establishing and maintaining an environment that values and protects the rights of all members of our community. Furthermore, DePauw University honors our obligations under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, a federal law which prohibits discrimination based on sex, including issues of sexual harassment and sexual violence, in any education program or activities that receive federal funding.  The goal of Title IX is to ensure equal opportunity and gender equity for all members of the DePauw community.

These commitments are reflected in the Sexual Misconduct and Interpersonal Violence Policy, located in the DePauw Student Handbook.  The policy and process for investigation and adjudication are designed to (1) Provide a fair, educationally valid process to address reported sexual misconduct, resulting in prompt decisions that hold students accountable for their actions; (2) Establish and protect the rights of members of the DePauw community; (3) Promote the development of individual and group integrity; and (4) Enforce the non-academic rules and regulations of the University.

The University takes seriously its responsibility to educate the campus community on issues of harassment and sexual misconduct. Please refer to the Title IX: Equity & Access page and the Prevention and Education page for additional information.

As members of the DePauw community, we share responsibility for creating an open and welcoming learning environment. If you wish to get involved with helping DePauw address issues of sexual harassment and misconduct, please contact Juli Smith, Title IX Coordinator or Liz Getz, Coordinator of Sexual Assault and Interpersonal Violence Prevention and Education.