Important new guidelines have been issued recently by the federal government to assist colleges and universities in sexual violence prevention, reporting, and response. Please know that Baylor is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for you and other members of our University community. To this end, the University takes seriously allegations of sexual violence and seeks to assure all students are informed of the resources available to them to help prevent, or if the situation warrants, reports and respond to an incident of sexual violence.
Sexual harassment is unlawful discrimination prohibited by Baylor's Civil Rights Policy. ’Sexual harassment is considered discrimination on the basis of gender and can constitute unlawful discrimination in the terms, conditions, and privileges of education or employment. Such harassment may violate federal and state law and is not tolerated at Baylor University.’
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 addresses sex discrimination (which includes sexual harassment) in the work environment. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 addresses sex discrimination in the educational environment.
’Sexual harassment is a form of gender harassment based upon conduct of a sexual nature. Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute sexual harassment when:
’submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s employment or education.
’submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for employment or education decisions affecting such individual, or
’such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or an offensive working or educational environment.’
If you feel that you are the victim of sexual harassment, click here.
Sexual assault, according to the Texas Penal Code, is a term that is used to describe a broad range of unwanted sexual contact. Any type of sexual assault is illegal, and you may consider pressing charges.
Sexual assault is any unwanted sexual contact that happens against a person's will or without consent. This can include sexual assault, sexual abuse, or rape. These happen because the perpetrator wants to feel powerful and in control. These actions include any unwanted contact, including intercourse, touching, or any other sexual stimulation that is performed without consent or through the use of threat or force.
Sexual abuse is any type of sexual interaction between an adult and a minor, including sexual intercourse, touching, or contact.
Rape is any kind of sexual intercourse that is committed against a person's will or is committed with or by the threat of force. There are two types: acquaintance rape and stranger rape.
If you feel that you are the victim of sexual assault, click here.
Who to Contact:If you have questions about sexual harassment or sexual violence, you can contact these offices/individuals:
Faculty and Staff: Contact your supervisor, department chair, or vice president
Students: Contact the Associate Dean for Student Conduct Administration
Visitors to Campus: Title IX Compliance Officer