Last week, the Department of Education formally withdrew the 2011 Dear Colleague Letter and 2014 guidance on sexual misconduct on campus and released a Q&A document regarding the interim approach while new regulations are being developed.
The Division of Student Affairs wants to affirm that Marquette’s current policies and procedures related to sexual harassment, discrimination and sexual misconduct are not impacted by these developments and remain in effect.
Marquette’s policy covers student, faculty and staff-related matters of Prohibited Conduct, whether the alleged conduct occurred on- or off-campus and regardless of whether the alleged Respondent is a student, faculty member, staff or third party. Examples include acts of sexual violence (including sexual assault and rape), any harassment based on sex or gender, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking.
Marquette will not tolerate incidents of harassment, discrimination, and sexual misconduct occurring on or off campus. When such an allegation is reported to an appropriate Marquette official, protective and remedial measures will be used to reasonably ensure such conduct ends, is not repeated, and the effects on the Complainant and community are remedied, including serious sanctions (up to and including termination, suspension or expulsion, if circumstances warrant) when a Respondent is found to have violated this Policy. Students and employees who retaliate against individuals who report Prohibited Conduct will be subject to disciplinary action.
While the 2011 and 2014 guidance has been withdrawn, it is important to note that Title IX itself remains in effect and will continue to regulate the way institutions respond to and prevent gender-based misconduct.
Marquette strives to provide an educational environment which reflects its Catholic, Jesuit mission and preserves the safety and dignity of its community members. All members of the campus community are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that enhances the well-being of the community.
A list of our Deputy Title IX coordinators and additional resources are available online.
Title IX Coordinator
Christine Harris Taylor, J.D., LL.M.
Office of the Provost