Relationship Violence, Sexual Misconduct, and Stalking Policy and Procedure (Interim Policy)
|Approved By:||Board of Trustees|
|Oversight Unit:||EQUAL OPPORTUNITY|
|Attached form file:||Appendix A.pdf|
|This policy has a related procedure. Click to view the procedure below.|
This policy prohibits specific forms of relationship violence (dating violence/domestic violence), sexual misconduct (sexual assault, sexual exploitation, and sexual or gender-based harassment), and stalking, collectively referred to as “Prohibited Conduct.” Through this policy and supporting procedures, Northern Michigan University (“NMU”) addresses Prohibited Conduct pursuant to its obligations under state and federal law.
This policy applies to Prohibited Conduct by NMU Community Members, (students, faculty, and staff), and/or third parties against NMU Community Members. The rights, obligations and privileges included within this policy may not apply to all parties depending on the circumstances of each allegation.
NMU has expanded the scope and applicability of the policy beyond the requirements of the Title IX final regulations, issued on May 6, 2020. NMU reserves the right to interpret and apply these expanded protections in its sole discretion. This policy and related procedures are not intended to, and should not be construed to, establish a contract between NMU and any NMU Community Member or to increase NMU’s obligations or responsibilities beyond those required by federal or state law.
This policy applies when prohibited conduct occurs:
This policy also enables NMU to initiate measures to support current NMU Community Members regardless of where the Prohibited Conduct occurred.
Northern Michigan University is committed to fostering and maintaining a safe and healthy academic, work, and living environment, which safeguards the applicable due process rights of all NMU Community Members, including Complainants and Respondents. Prohibited Conduct is inconsistent with the standards and ideals of the NMU community. NMU will take prompt and suitable action to investigate and stop Prohibited Conduct; prevent its recurrence; and, as appropriate, remedy its effects.
Title IX Office of Northern Michigan University
Employees of NMU Counseling and Consultation Services and the NMU Health Center are designated as Confidential Resources. Confidential Resources will not typically be required to make a report to the OWA without the permission of the person reporting; specific exceptions are allowed by law and regulation, including but not limited to the protection of a minor child, protecting persons at high risk for violence, or to adhere to a court order.
A complainant or reporting person may make a confidential or anonymous report of Prohibited Conduct. However, depending on the circumstances, including the nature of the allegation and availability of evidence, NMU’s ability to investigate and respond to the complaint, or to provide an appropriate remedy, may be limited.
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