Sexual Harassment / Misconduct & Discrimination
**Reports may be made by contacting Campus Safety (24-hour availability) located in Saints Center or by calling 859-341-7233**
Thomas More University is committed to fostering a climate free from sexual-based discrimination, harassment and violence, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking through clear and effective policies, a coordinated education and prevention program, and prompt and equitable procedures for resolution of reports of conduct prohibited under this policy. In keeping with our Catholic mission of care, the University asks all members of its community to actively join in fostering a safe, welcoming, and respectful environment on campus.
The University is committed to taking all appropriate steps to eliminate prohibited conduct, prevent its recurrence, and address its effects. Individuals found responsible under this policy may face disciplinary sanctions up to and including dismissal from the University and/or termination of employment.
The University will not tolerate retaliation against an individual who makes a report or participates in any proceedings under this policy. Thomas More prohibits any form of retaliation and community members engaging in retaliation will be subject to disciplinary action, whether such acts are implicit or explicit, or committed directly or indirectly.
This policy provides the Thomas More community with (1) resources and recourse for individuals who experience prohibited conduct, (2) guidance to a reporting party, complainant, respondent, or other affected community members, (3) Thomas More’s expectations for healthy respectful interpersonal interaction and communication, and (4) a procedural outline for addressing behaviors that are counter to Thomas More’s mission and prohibited by this policy.
This policy provides for several paths by which an individual who experiences Prohibited Conduct may proceed, including seeking assistance from confidential resources, filing a report with the University and/or law enforcement, seeking supportive measures, and filing a formal complaint. The filing of a formal complaint may lead to an informal resolution, or to a formal investigation and resolution.
All University proceedings under this policy are conducted in compliance with the requirements of Title IX, the Clery Act, as amended by VAWA, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), and state and federal law, as may be applicable. No information shall be released from such proceedings except as required or permitted by law and University policy.
The University emphasizes that every person, regardless of demographic or personal characteristics or identity, is entitled to the same protections against sexual harassment and misconduct and that every individual will be treated with dignity and respect. To that end, the University’s objective is to provide a thorough and fair process.