Sex Discrimination, Sexual Misconduct and Interpersonal Violence Policy

Aurora University is committed to providing a learning, working and living environment that promotes personal integrity, civility and mutual respect. Aurora University does not discriminate, or tolerate discrimination, against any member of its community on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex/gender, age, religion, disability, pregnancy, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, or any other status protected by applicable federal, state or local law in matters of admissions, employment, or in any aspect of the educational programs or activities it offers.

This Policy supplements the Zero Tolerance Policy and addresses the requirements of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”), as well as the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (“VAWA”) and the Illinois Preventing Sexual Violence in Higher Education Act. Title IX is the federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in federally funded education programs and activities. VAWA is a more recent federal law that addresses domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking in higher education. The Illinois Preventing Sexual Violence in Higher Education Act is a recent state law that addresses student allegations of sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking at higher education institutions.

Title IX, which articulates the fundamental anti-discrimination principle that underlies all of the above laws, states as follows:

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.

Consistent with these and other applicable state and federal laws, Aurora University prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, and/or gender in any University program or activity. “Sexual misconduct,” including sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual violence, and sexual exploitation, is a form of sex discrimination and is prohibited by this Policy. “Interpersonal violence,” including dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking, is also prohibited by this Policy.

The University’s prohibitions against sex discrimination, sexual misconduct, and interpersonal violence apply to all students, faculty, and staff, to other members of the University community, as well as to contractors, consultants, and vendors doing business or providing services to the University in accordance with the Zero Tolerance Policy.

Moreover, the Policy applies to on-campus and off-campus conduct, including online or electronic conduct, when the off-campus conduct: (i) occurs during a University sponsored employment or education activity or program; (ii) adversely impacts the education or employment of a member of the University community; or (iii) otherwise threatens the health and/or safety of a member of the University community.