The Policy Prohibiting Power Based Violence and Sexual Misconduct (AP-OP-28.1) addresses the requirements of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”), the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act) as well as the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (“VAWA”).
Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendments prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in educational institutions, requires colleges and universities receiving federal funding to combat gender-based violence and harassment, and to respond to survivors’ needs in order to ensure that all students have equal access to education.
The Clery Act requires policies and procedures for sexual assault and also requires timely warning and external reporting of crimes.
Section 304 of VAWA extended the Clery Act to include sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking at higher education institutions.
Title IX, which articulates the fundamental anti-discrimination principle that underlies all of the above laws, states as follows:
No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.
Consistent with these, other applicable state and federal laws, as well as both student and employee standards of conduct, UNO prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, and/or gender in any University program or activity. “Sexual misconduct,” including sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual violence, and sexual exploitation, is a form of sex discrimination and is prohibited by this Policy. “Interpersonal violence,” including, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking, is also prohibited by this Policy.
How to File a Title IX Complaint
Notice/Complaints of Sexual Discrimination, Sexual Misconduct or Retaliation
Reports may be submitted in person, by phone, in writing, electronically, or anonymously and may be submitted by complainants, third parties or bystanders to the Title IX Coordinator/Deputy Title IX Coordinators.
Title IX Coordinator
Individuals may submit a report of sex discrimination, sexual misconduct, sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual exploitation, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking (on the basis of sex) and retaliation 24 hours a day by accessing UNO's on-line reporting system for this purpose by using the following link:
Individuals wishing to obtain confidential assistance without making a report to the University may do so by speaking with a confidential advisor. The following persons are designated Confidential Advisors:
Ms. Portia Gordon - UNO Counseling Services 504-280-6683
Ms. Emily McAveeney – UNO Counseling Services 504-280-6683
Dr. Lisa Verner—UNO Women’s Center firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Tiffany Courseualt – Student Involvement and Leadership – email@example.com
Confidential Advisors are trained and available to discuss incidents of sexual harassment, misconduct or interpersonal violence in confidence, and generally only report to the University that an incident occurred without revealing any personally identifying information. Disclosures to these trained confidential advisors will not trigger the University’s investigation into an incident.
An employee of the University who is obligated by policy to share knowledge,
notice and/or reports of sex discrimination, sexual misconduct, and/or retaliation on behalf of the University.
The following are not Mandatory Reporters because they are authorized or required by law to keep information confidential by virtue of their role:
- Confidential Advisors*
- Health Personnel
- Clergy/Pastoral Counselors
- Licensed Mental Health Counselors
Students Who Are Pregnant
The University of New Orleans is committed to protecting the rights of our students, which includes compliance with Title IX requirements. Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex – including pregnancy, parenting and all related conditions – in educational programs and activities that get federal funding.
UNO has been designated a Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace Champion by the Mary Amelia Douglas-Whited Community Women’s Health Center and the Louisiana Breastfeeding Coalition. UNO encourages students and employees in their efforts to combine attending college or working and breastfeeding. UNO has designated two appropriate locations where students and employees can (1) nurse an infant brought in during lunch or breaks, and (2) express breastmilk which the student or employee can store.
Milneburg Hall room 162 and the International Center room 105