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Discrimination, Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, and Retaliation Policy and Procedures

Statement of Policy

Christopher Newport University (CNU) is committed to providing an environment that emphasizes the dignity and worth of every member of its community and that is free from harassment and discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, veteran status, political affiliation, or any other status protected by law.

Such an environment is necessary to a healthy learning, working, and living atmosphere because discrimination and harassment undermine human dignity and the positive connection among everyone on campus. In pursuit of this goal, any question of impermissible discrimination and/or harassment on these bases will be addressed with efficiency and energy in accordance with this policy. This policy also addresses any complaints or reports of retaliation against individuals who under this policy have filed complaints or reports, have testified or otherwise participated in investigations or proceedings, or have intervened to prevent a violation of this policy.

CNU does not discriminate in admission, employment, or any other activity on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, veteran status, political affiliation, or any other status protected by law.

CNU, an Equal Opportunity Employer, is fully committed to Access and Opportunity for all persons.

Statement of Purpose

The purpose of this policy is to establish clearly and unequivocally that CNU prohibits discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct, and retaliation by individuals subject to its control or supervision and to set forth procedures by which such allegations shall be filed, investigated, and adjudicated.

The purpose of the procedures is to provide a prompt and equitable resolution of complaints or reports of discrimination and/or harassment based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, veteran status, political affiliation, or any other status protected by law. The procedures also address any complaints or reports of retaliation against individuals who under this policy have filed complaints or reports, have testified or otherwise participated in investigations or proceedings, or have intervened to prevent a violation of this policy.

This policy also provides for full and fair notice to anyone accused of conduct in violation of it, including all allegations, and evidence and a full and fair opportunity to respond to such allegations and evidence, in the context of an investigation.

Scope and Applicability

This policy and related procedures apply to on-campus conduct involving all students, employees, volunteers, visitors to campus (including, but not limited to, students participating in camp programs, non-degree-seeking students, exchange students, and other individuals taking courses or participating in programs at CNU), and contractors working on campus who are not CNU employees.

This policy and related procedures apply to off-campus CNU-sponsored activities involving all students, employees, and visitors to campus. This policy and related procedures are also applicable to any conduct occurring off campus if it may have continuing effects that create a hostile environment on campus.

Allegations of either on-campus or off-campus violations of this policy should be reported to the Director’s Office as stated in Section J.

When used in this policy and related procedures, Reporting Party refers to any individual who may have been the subject of a violation covered under this policy regardless of whether the Reporting Party makes a report or seeks action under the policy. Responding Party refers to any individual who has been accused of violating the policy. Third Party refers to any other participant in the process, including a witness to the misconduct or an individual who makes a report on behalf of someone else.

Report refers to the process of giving a spoken or written account of a possible violation under this policy, either witnessed or experienced. Complaint refers to a formal allegation made against a party.

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