Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence: Prevention and Support

Luther College is committed to creating and maintaining a safe and healthy environment where all members of the community—students, faculty, staff, and visitors—are treated with respect and dignity. Therefore, the college will not tolerate sexual misconduct in any form. Sexual misconduct is not only an act against an individual; it is also an act that affects the entire college community. Acts of sexual harassment, sex offenses, stalking, dating violence, and domestic violence are inconsistent with our educational mission.

Title IX Update (September 29, 2017)

Last week the Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights announced that it was changing regulations implementing Title IX, which governs how colleges respond to incidents of sexual violence. They have withdrawn Obama-era guidance and initiated the rulemaking notice and comment process required to establish formal regulations.

It will take several months to complete the formal rulemaking process, so the Department of Education released a Question and Answer document that lays out guidance to help schools comply with their obligations under Title IX until those regulations are finalized. Effective immediately:

  • Schools may choose to use either the "preponderance of the evidence" standard or the "clear and convincing" standard for civil rights cases, including sexual violence
  • Schools must resolve sexual misconduct complaints within a reasonably prompt time frame
  • Schools are empowered to use mediation in sexual violence cases

The Luther College Student Sexual Misconduct Policies and Procedures have not and will not change due to this new guidance. We will continue to resolve sexual misconduct complaints in a prompt, equitable and caring manner, and will continue to use the "preponderance of the evidence" standard in our adjudications. We will reevaluate our policies and procedures when the Department of Education finalizes its regulations next year.

Luther College remains committed to creating and maintaining a safe and healthy environment where all members of the community—students, faculty, staff and visitors—are treated with respect and dignity. Therefore, the college will not tolerate sexual misconduct in any form. Sexual violence is first and foremost an act against an individual; it is also an act that affects the entire college community. Sexual violence is inconsistent with our educational mission, and students found responsible for such acts are subject to disciplinary measures up to and including expulsion.

Nondiscrimination Statement

It is the policy of Luther College to provide equal educational opportunities and equal access to facilities for all qualified persons. The College does not discriminate in employment, educational programs, and activities on the basis of age, color, creed, disability, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other basis protected by federal or state law. Sexual harassment and sexual assault are prohibited forms of sex discrimination under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.

Questions regarding this policy or Title IX should be directed to Matthew Bills, Associate Director of Human Resources and Title IX Coordinator, 563-387-1189, [email protected], 700 College Drive, Decorah, Iowa 52101. Questions regarding Title IX may also be referred to the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights, 800-421-3481, [email protected]http://www.ed.gov/ocr.