Title IX

Sexual Misconduct, Discrimination and Harassment Policy and Investigation Process

To view the Sexual Assault Policy and Investigation Process, click here.

The dignity of the human person has its origin in our creation in the image of God, and our end is eternal life and
happiness in the presence of God. Everything we do in this life should respect the reality that we are sons and
daughters of God. Therefore, our behavior should always be in union with the truth that God has revealed to us
in Jesus Christ, whose Spirit continues to guide us through the Church. Sexual assault is a crime of grave matter
that can occur to both men and women. St. Gregory’s University, as a Catholic University of the Benedictine
Tradition, promotes respect for all people and does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination on the basis of sex
in its education programs and activities as required by Title IX of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended. All
members of the University community are expected to act toward one another in a manner consistent with the
dignity afforded each person created in the image and likeness of God.

As Catholics, we understand that sex has its place, only within the confines of marriage. As expressed in the
Catechism of the Catholic Church (2360), “Sexuality is ordered to the conjugal love of man and woman. In
marriage, the physical intimacy of the spouse becomes a sign and pledge of spiritual communion.” Any sexual
act outside of this “spiritual communion” between man and women is gravely disordered.

A person who alleges that s/he has been the victim of sexual harassment, sex discrimination, or sexual
assault/misconduct may file a complaint in writing with the University Title IX Office. The Title IX Office will
work in conjunction with the Human Resources Director and Dean of Students to implement this policy. This
policy covers unwelcome conduct of a sexual based nature, whether committed on campus or off-campus, where
the University has authority over the perpetrator or the context of the harassment. Consensual romantic
relationships between members of the University community may be subject to other University policies and
subsequent investigations. An individual who violates this policy may also be subject to criminal prosecution
and civil litigation. Persons retaliating for reporting claims may also be subject to discipline in accordance with
University policy.

What is Title IX?

Title IX is a federal statute prohibiting sex discrimination. A person’s sex cannot be a basis for a person’s
exclusion from participation in, denial of benefits, or subjecting him or her to discrimination under any
education program or activity, including employment. This includes: admissions, financial aid, academic
advising, housing, athletics, recreational services, college residential life programs, health services, counseling
and psychological services, registrar’s office, classroom assignments, grading and discipline, recruiting for
employment or the benefits of employment. The statute applies equally to men and women.