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Sex/Gender Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct Policy

I. Opening Statement and Purpose

Rhodes is committed to ensuring a safe learning environment that supports the dignity of all members of the Rhodes community. Rhodes does not discriminate on the basis of sex or gender in any of its education or employment programs and activities. To that end, this policy prohibits specific forms of behavior that violate Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and which are antithetical to the educational mission of Rhodes.

Rhodes will not tolerate sexual misconduct, which is prohibited, and which includes, but is not limited to, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, sexual exploitation, sexual harassment, and stalking. Rhodes further strongly encourages members of the Rhodes community to report instances of sexual misconduct immediately. These policies and procedures are intended to ensure that all parties involved receive appropriate support and fair treatment, and that allegations of sexual misconduct are handled in a prompt, thorough and equitable manner.

All relevant terms are defined in Section XX at the end of this policy.

Maintaining an atmosphere of free inquiry is crucial to the teaching and research mission of the College.  This policy is not intended to inhibit or prohibit educational content or discussions inside or outside of the classroom that include controversial or sensitive subject matters protected by academic freedom.  Academic freedom extends to topics that are pedagogically appropriate and germane to the subject matter of courses or that touch on academic exploration of matters of public concern.

Rhodes will review, evaluate, and make any revisions or amendments to this policy on an ongoing and as-needed basis.