About the Policy

Western Michigan University strives to cultivate a healthy and diverse community that recognizes the value of each individual and helps foster safety, civility and respect for all people.

Who the policy affects

Members of the University community, including students, faculty, staff, administrators, Board members, consultants, vendors, others engaged to do business with the University, guests and visitors have the right to be free from sexual and gender-based discrimination, harassment and violence and all other forms of prohibited conduct described in the policy, including stalking and intimate partner violence.

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What the policy prohibits

The policy prohibits a broad continuum of behaviors, many of which constitute a form of sexual or gender-based discrimination, harassment or violence and are prohibited by federal law. Specific forms of prohibited conduct under this policy include: sexual harassment, sexual assault, non-consensual sexual contact, sexual exploitation, harm to others, stalking, intimate partner violence and retaliation.

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Reporting violations of the policy

Members of the University community who experience sexual harassment, sexual violence, stalking or intimate partner violence are encouraged to report information regarding those incidents directly to the Title IX Coordinator. When an allegation of prohibited conduct is brought to the attention of the Title IX Coordinator, a designated responsible employee or any University resource or support unit under this policy that is not designated as confidential, the University will take prompt action in response to the report. Individuals who are found responsible under this policy may face sanctions up to and including expulsion from the University (if a student) and/or termination of employment (if an employee).

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