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Non-discrimination Policy

Non-discrimination and Sexual Misconduct

Non-discrimination policy

The University of Charleston does not discriminate against any person because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status in administration of its educational policies, scholarship and loan programs, admissions, employment, athletic, and other school-administered programs in accordance with the laws of the United States and the state of West Virginia.

Title IX

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination based on sex in educational programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance.  To ensure compliance with Title IX and other federal and state laws, the University of Charleston has developed policies that prohibit discrimination and misconduct on the basis of gender, including sexual misconduct, sexual violence, sexual harassment, intimate partner violence, stalking and any other gender-based harassment or misconduct.  These policies are set out in full in the Student Handbook and the Employee Handbook.

Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment, including sexual assault, is prohibited by federal and state law, and by University policy.  Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome gender-based verbal or physical conduct that is so severe, persistent or pervasive that it interferes with a student’s ability to participate in or benefit from the University’s educational program, activities or employment.

Student Rights and Responsibilities

Students have a right to participate in all school and classroom activities in an atmosphere free from sexual harassment.  Students have a responsibility to refrain from engaging in sexual behaviors that are unwelcome or offensive to others.

Reporting sexual harassment or sexual assault

To ensure appropriate response, any faculty or staff member contacted by a student who may be the victim of a sexual assault should refer to the Sexual Assault Response Protocol and complete the Sexual Assault Response Checklist.

All reports of sexual harassment and discrimination, including sexual assault, made to any University employee must be reported to:

Jennie Ferretti, Vice President for Student Development and Title IX Coordinator
Geary Student Union, Rm. 309, 2300 MacCorkle Ave. SE, Charleston, WV 25304
jennieferretti@ucwv.edu
304-357-4957 office; 304-549-5133 cell

Complaints involving behavior by students, visitors and third parties are handled by the Title IX Coordinator.

Complaints against faculty are handled by:

Dr. Letha Zook, Executive Vice President and Provost
201 Riggleman Hall, 2300 MacCorkle Ave. SE, Charleston, WV 25304
lethazook@ucwv.edu
304-357 4711

Complaints against non-faculty employees are handled by:

Cleta Harless, Executive Vice President and CFO
202 Riggleman Hall, 2300 MacCorkle Ave. SE, Charleston, WV 25304
cletaharless@ucwv.edu
304-357-4738

You may also contact: Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, 8th Floor, 5 Post Office Square, Boston, MA 02109-3921 or file a complaint electronically at http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/complaintintro.html

For free, confidential help or information, contact a UC counselor at uc-counselor@ucwv.edu; the Office of Student Life at 304-357-4745; or REACH rape crisis center at 304-340-3676.