Gender Equity, Sexual Misconduct and Relationship Violence Policy and Procedures

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October 12, 2012

Dear Naropa Students, Faculty and Staff,

Naropa University’s mission embraces inclusivity, personal integrity, civility and mutual respect as we aim to foster a more just and equitable society and an expanded awareness. Our mission thus commits us to providing an educational and professional setting that promotes and delivers an environment free of sexual misconduct and discrimination. Sexual discrimination violates an individual’s fundamental rights and personal dignity and has a damaging, long-term effect on victims. Naropa University considers sexual discrimination in all its forms to be a serious offense and it will not be tolerated in our community.

As we begin the journey of another academic year together, I want to encourage the Naropa community, especially students, staff, and faculty to work together to ensure the prevention of sexual harassment, assault, exploitation or gender discrimination at Naropa now and at all times in the future. Naropa University does not tolerate acts of sexual harassment, assault, exploitation, or gender discrimination. We are each responsible for our own actions and to help protect the community from the actions of others which may be discriminatory. Discrimination and misconduct is a complex matter and in order to be as clear as possible we are offering a number of definitions of inappropriate conduct. While they are somewhat “legalistic” in word and tone, they simply and straigtforwardly define the kinds of behavior we believe all of us would find unacceptable. We ask that you familiarize yourself with them.

  1. Gender Discrimination. Occurs when an individual suffers an adverse consequence, such as failure to be hired or promoted, denial of admission to an academic program, lack of academic reward or advancement, etc. on the basis of her/his gender. Gender Discrimination also includes Sexual Assault or Sexual Harassment.
  2. Sexual Assault. Sexual Assault includes, but is not limited to, non-consensual sexual touching, non-consensual sexual intercourse, and/or Sexual Exploitation.
  3. Sexual Exploitation. When an individual takes non-consensual or abusive sexual advantage of another for that individual’s own benefit, or to benefit or advantage anyone other than the one being exploited, and that behavior does not otherwise constitute one of the other Sexual Assault offenses. Examples of sexual exploitation include, but are not limited to:
    1. Invasion of sexual privacy,
    2. Prostituting anyone,
    3. Non-consensual photography, video- or audio-taping of sexual activity,
    4. Going beyond the boundaries of consent (i.e. allowing others to watch you having consensual sex without the knowledge and consent of your partner),
    5. Engaging in voyeurism,
    6. Knowingly transmitting an STI or HIV to another,
    7. Exposing one’s genitals in non-consensual circumstances,
    8. Inducing another to expose their genitals;
    9. Sexually-based stalking and/or bullying.
  4. Sexual Harassment. Interaction between individuals of the same or opposite sex that is characterized by unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when: (1) submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s employment, living conditions and/or educational evaluation; (2) submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for tangible employment or educational decisions affecting such individual; or (3) such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work or academic performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working or educational environment.

Students, faculty or staff found, after an investigation, to have engaged in an act of sexual harassment, assault, exploitation, or gender discrimination will be promptly disciplined. Sanctions for such behavior include, if circumstances warrant, suspension or expulsion for students and termination for faculty and staff.

View Naropa University's  Gender Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, and Sexual Assault Grievance Procedures.

Any person who believes that he or she has been subjected to sexual harassment is encouraged to report the harassment. Please report your claim directly to the Title IX Coordinator. The contact information the Title IX Coordinator is:

Joy Valania
Title IX Coordinator and Special Advisor to the President
2130 Arapahoe Ave.
Boulder, CO 80302

If for any reason you are uncomfortable reporting the claim, please report your claim to Angie Gossett, the Director of Human Resources or Cheryl Barbour, the Vice President of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management. Naropa University is committed to conducting a prompt investigation of all claims of sexual harassment, assault, exploitation, or gender discrimination.

Thank you for your support and understanding as we continue to make Naropa University a safe and welcoming place for our community to learn, live and work.

Charles G Lief
Naropa University
2130 Arapahoe Ave
Boulder, CO 80302
(303) 245-4618