Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972
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 is about fairness and eliminating any blocks to a quality education. While the focus was originally perceived as a focus on non-discrimination in athletics, in recent years the educational institutions have been reminded that the focus is on all areas of education.
As an educational institution, Eastern Mennonite University values a learning community in which all members feel secure, physically and intellectually. All members of the campus community are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that does not infringe upon the rights of others.
Behavior that harms others or threatens campus security falls under the category of sexual misconduct and is prohibited at EMU. Sexual misconduct is a broad range of behavior that includes but is not limited to non-consensual sexual intercourse, non-consensual sexual contact, domestic/relationship violence, sexual exploitation, sexual harassment, and stalking. EMU faculty, staff and students are expected to commit themselves to be examples of the highest standards of personal and professional conduct.
As an educational institution – particularly a Christian university and theological seminary – EMU affirms by this policy statement that sexual misconduct is detrimental to the integrity of the institution and cannot be tolerated in the academic community.