Southern University at New Orleans is committed to creating a welcoming and respectful educational environment that values integrity. Members of the SUNO community, which includes students, faculty, staff, administrators, guests and visitors, have the right to be free from sexual misconduct of any type.
Therefore, SUNO is committed to maintaining a climate of respect and safety for everyone. All members of the SUNO community are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that does not infringe upon the rights of others. As a result, this campus has a zero tolerance policy for sexual misconduct.
When an allegation of sexual misconduct is brought to the attention of the appropriate Campus Representative, and a respondent is found to have violated this policy, serious sanctions will be used to reasonably ensure that such actions cease and are never repeated. In addition, SUNO's response will provide individuals who bring forth complaints with reasonable remedies that will insure full participation in their educational and/or employment activities. Nothing in this policy shall abridge academic freedom or SUNO's educational mission.
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. §§ 1681 et seq., and its implementing regulations, 34 C.F.R. Part 106, prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs or activities operated by recipients of federal financial assistance. Sexual harassment of students, which includes acts of sexual violence, is a form of sex discrimination prohibited by Title IX. These behaviors are clear impediments to creating an educational atmosphere which is free from discrimination. As a result, an institution receiving federal funds must promulgate strategies and policies which demonstrate its ability to uphold the law and comply with applicable regulations. When the Complainant or Respondent is a student, the violation falls under the provisions of Title IX.
The Title IX Coordinator shall receive notice of all reports of sexual misconduct received by any individual deemed a “Responsible Employee” under this policy.
No employee (other than law enforcement) is authorized to investigate or resolve reports of sexual misconduct without the involvement of the Title IX Coordinator.
The Title IX Coordinator is responsible for implementing and monitoring Title IX compliance efforts on behalf of SUNO. The Title IX Coordinator’s role is to oversee SUNO’s compliance with Title IX regulation and will:
- Serve as a resource for students wishing to report any acts of sexual misconduct or gender-based discrimination, i.e. violations of Title IX.
- Provide oversight for all Title IX activities and identify patterns, issues or problems regarding sexual misconduct complaints.
- Review and support the informational initiatives enabling students, staff, administrators, and faculty to fully understand sexual violence and sexual harassment as forms of sexual discrimination and further educate the SUNO campus community about all related policies and procedures.
- Conduct all initial investigations.
Director, Services for Students with Disabilities/Title IX Coordinator
Dr. Donna Grant
Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs & Enrollment Management
Office of Civil Rights for Louisiana
1999 Bryan St., Suite 1620
Dallas, Texas 75201-6810