Introduction to Belmont Abbey College Sexual Misconduct Policy and Procedures
ARTICLE I. INTRODUCTION
(a) Notice of Nondiscrimination.
As a recipient of federal funds, Belmont Abbey College is required to comply with Title IX of the Higher Education Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. § 1681 et seq. (“Title IX”), which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in educational programs or activities, admission and employment. Under certain circumstances, Sexual Misconduct (as defined below) constitutes sexual discrimination prohibited by Title IX. Inquiries concerning the application of Title IX may be referred to Belmont Abbey College’s Title IX Coordinator or to the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights. Belmont Abbey College’s Title IX Coordinator is Mrs. Cheryl Trotter, whose office is located in Stowe Hall, Suite 115. Mrs. Trotter may be contacted by phone at 704-461-6714 or by email at email@example.com.
(b) Overview of This Policy.
Belmont Abbey College (“Belmont Abbey” or the “College”) is a Catholic, Benedictine learning community committed to developing each member of the college community in mind, faith, and character for a life of meaningful work and service. Our identity as a Catholic, Benedictine institution is central to all we do and teach at Belmont Abbey College.
Belmont Abbey is owned by and affiliated with the Southern Benedictine Society of North Carolina, Inc. whose Members are Benedictine Monks. The Monks founded the college on the basis of, and as an expression of, their Catholic faith. The Monks and the College itself, believe that the Bible is the divinely inspired Word of God and thus has authority for all Christian life. On the basis of the Catholic faith, the Monks and the College also believe that the Church was founded by Jesus Christ and given authority by him authentically to interpret the Word of God and to teach with binding authority on questions of faith and morals. This authoritative teaching includes teaching about human sexuality and provides norms for morally acceptable behavior.
We affirm the dignity of all human beings and distinguish the inalienable dignity of each person from the behavioral choices a person makes. We believe that, as Catholics, we are called to treat all people with charity and respect, including those whose beliefs and behaviors differ from the teachings of the Catholic Church. We are not able, however, in good conscience to support or affirm choices and behaviors that conflict with our identity as a Catholic, Benedictine institution. We will make institutional decisions in light of this policy regarding housing, student admission and retention, appropriate conduct, employment, hiring and retention, and other matters.
The College is committed to maintaining and strengthening an environment founded on civility and respect. The College also is committed to providing programs, activities and an educational environment free from sex discrimination. The College is committed to fostering a community that promotes prompt reporting of all types of Sexual Misconduct and timely and fair resolution of reports of Sexual Misconduct, and in furtherance of that commitment, this Policy sets forth available resources (Exhibit A), describes prohibited conduct (Article II), and establishes procedures for responding to reports of Sexual Misconduct (Articles III-VI).
The College will make this Policy and information about recognizing and preventing Sexual Misconduct readily available to all Students and other members of the College community.
(c) Applicability of This Policy.
This Policy applies to any allegation of Sexual Misconduct made by or against a Student or an employee of the College or a third party, regardless of where the alleged Sexual Misconduct occurred, if the conduct giving rise to the report is related to the College’s academic, educational, athletic, or extracurricular programs or activities. The College’s disciplinary authority, however, may not extend to third parties who are not Students or employees of the College. Additionally, although there is no geographical limitation to invoking this Policy, Sexual Misconduct that is alleged to have occurred at a significant distance from the College and/or outside of College property may be more difficult for the College to investigate.
In the case of allegations of Sexual Misconduct, unless otherwise stated, this Policy supersedes and applies in lieu of all other procedures and policies set forth in any other document containing College policies and / or procedures.
(d) Period of Limitations.
A Complaint of Sexual Misconduct may be filed at any time, regardless of the length of time between the alleged Sexual Misconduct and the decision to file the Complaint. However, the College strongly encourages individuals to file Complaints promptly in order to preserve evidence for a potential legal or disciplinary proceeding. A delay in reporting may compromise the subsequent investigation, particularly if neither the alleged victim nor the Respondent is employed by or enrolled at the College at the time.