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Sexual Violence and Sexual Misconduct

See Also: Administrative Policies and Procedures Manual - Policy 2740: Sexual Violence and Sexual Misconduct

Date Originally Issued: 05-15-2015

Process Owner: Director, Office of Equal Opportunity

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX) is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex (including gender, sex stereotyping, and gender identity) in federally funded education programs and activities.  Sexual harassment, which includes acts of sexual violence and sexual misconduct, is a form of sex discrimination prohibited by Title IX. This policy on Sexual Violence and Sexual Misconduct applies to any allegation of sexual violence or misconduct made by or against a student, or a UNM staff or faculty member, regardless of where the alleged sexual violence or misconduct occurred.  If the circumstances giving rise to the complaint are related to UNM’s programs or activities, this policy may apply regardless of the affiliation of the parties.

Sexual violence and misconduct may be committed by anyone, including a stranger, an acquaintance, a friend, or someone with whom the victim is involved in an intimate or sexual relationship.   Individuals who have experienced sexual violence or misconduct are encouraged to report what happened to law enforcement and to seek assistance from any of the Campus Resource Offices or community resources listed in Section 9 of this policy.  A report of sexual violence or misconduct will be taken seriously and addressed in accordance with UNM policies and procedures.  The University's Title IX Coordinator is Heather Cowan of the Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO), who oversees institutional compliance with Title IX.

This policy includes information for students, staff, and faculty on resources available following an act of sexual violence or misconduct, UNM responses, education, and prevention programs and possible disciplinary sanctions.