I. Opening Statement and Purpose

Rhodes College 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. This policy applies to all members of the Rhodes community.

Rhodes will not tolerate sexual misconduct, which is prohibited, and which includes, but is not limited to, sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, sexual exploitation, and stalking. Rhodes strongly encourages students to report instances of sexual misconduct immediately. Employees are required to report such instances under Rhodes’ Employee Handbook and Rhodes’ Mandatory Reporter Policy.

These policies and procedures are intended to ensure that all students involved in a Title IX case receive appropriate support and fair treatment, and that allegations of sexual misconduct are handled in a prompt, thorough and equitable manner.

This Sexual Misconduct Policy serves as Rhodes’ comprehensive policy against sexual misconduct and gender- or sex-based discrimination in all of its forms. The accompanying Formal Grievance Policy, which is linked here, covers a narrower sub-set of sexual harassment that must be addressed according to a defined formal grievance process as required by the U.S. Department of Education under new Title IX Regulations, effective August 14, 2020. When sexual misconduct meets the criteria specified in the Title IX Regulations, it must be addressed under the Formal Grievance Policy, and not this Sexual Misconduct Policy, to the extent the processes differ between the two policies. See 34 C.F.R. § 106.44-.45; see Sections I-II of each policy.  Otherwise, this comprehensive Sexual Misconduct Policy will apply (e.g., the definitions in this Policy apply to the Formal Grievance Policy). Combined, Rhodes’ policies and procedures are intended to ensure that all students impacted by an incident or complaint of sexual misconduct receive appropriate support and fair treatment, and that allegations of sexual misconduct are handled in a prompt, thorough and equitable manner.  

Relevant terms are defined in Sections II below and XIII at the end of this Policy.

Rhodes will review, evaluate, and make any revisions or amendments to its policies on an ongoing and as-needed basis.  This Policy and the accompanying Formal Grievance Policy shall apply to all Reports and Complaints of sexual misconduct received by Rhodes’ Title IX Coordinator on or after August 14, 2020, regardless of the date of the alleged incident. These policies will not be applied retroactively.  The prior iteration of this policy shall apply to Reports and Complaints received by the Title IX Coordinator prior to August 14, 2020.

Inquiries about the application of this policy should be directed to Rhodes’ Interim Title IX Coordinator:

Inez Warner
Rhodes College
Southwestern Hall, Ste. 200
2000 North Parkway
Memphis, TN 38112
901-843-3550
warneri@rhodes.edu

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.