Sexual and Interpersonal Misconduct Policy (SIM)

August 14, 2020
Baylor University continues to value robust reporting and response practices. The policy will continue to require all University employees to report alleged misconduct (with the exception of those deemed Confidential employees) regardless of where or when the alleged misconduct occurs.

The office with oversight of this policy has been renamed the Equity, Civil Rights, and Title IX Office (formerly the Title IX Office).

Overview of the Policy Revisions:
  • Renaming of the policy as the Sexual and Interpersonal Misconduct Policy (SIM)
  • Continued use of Preponderance of the Evidence standard
  • Definitions of prohibited conduct expanded to reflect both federal requirements as well as Baylor’s opportunity to continue to address sexual misconduct that is beyond the narrowed scope of Title IX reflected in the new regulations
  • Additional structure regarding Adaptable Resolution options
  • Modification of hearing procedures to remain in compliance with new federal regulations: Investigators will serve as fact-finders and decisions of responsibility will be made by a hearing officer after conducting live hearings
  • Expanded role of advisors to reflect requirements set forth in new regulations
  • Continued focus on a process that is sensitive to and supportive of the well-being of all involved parties.
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