SUNO Title IX and Non-Discrimination Policies
Sexual Misconduct Policy
Sexual Misconduct is considered a sexual act or contact of a sexual nature that occurs, regardless of personal relationship, without the consent of the other person(s), or that occurs when the person(s) is unable to give consent or whose consent is coerced or obtained in a fraudulent manner. SUNO utilizes the term "sexual misconduct" to encompass all behaviors that involve violations of an individual's rights specifically manifested by sexual behavior and actions. Accordingly, this term is inclusive of forms of inappropriate behavior that are linked with the sex/gender of the complainant and/or respondent. These behaviors, when deemed to have occurred, deprives an individual of their rights, and/or access to education or employment which constitutes a violation of SUNO's Sexual Misconduct Policy.
As defined by the Louisiana Board of Regents, sexual misconduct includes, but is not limited to, sexual assault, sexual abuse, violence of a sexual nature, sexual harassment, non-consensual sexual intercourse, sexual exploitation, video voyeurism, contact of a sexual nature with an object, or the obtaining, posting or disclosure of intimate descriptions, photos or videos without the express consent of the person(s) depicted therein, as well as dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking.
Some examples of misconduct include:
- Pressure for a date or a romantic or intimate relationship
- Unwelcome touching, kissing, hugging or massaging
- Pressure for or forced sexual activity
- Unnecessary and unwelcome references to various parts of the body
- Belittling remarks about a person's gender or belittling remarks about a person's sexual orientation based in gender-stereotyping
- Inappropriate sexual innuendos or humor
- Videotaping and photographing someone or people without consent
- Obscene gestures of a sexual or gender-based nature
- Offensive sexual graffiti, pictures or posters
- Sexually explicit profanity
- Use of e-mail, Internet or other forms of digital media to facilitate any of the above-r
Non-Discrimination Misconduct Policy
In compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and other federal, state, and local laws, Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) forbids discriminating or harassing conduct that is based on an individual's race, color, religion, sex, ethnicity, national origin or ancestry, age, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, veteran or military status, membership in Uniformed Services, and all other categories protected by applicable state and federal laws.
This commitment applies but is not limited to decisions made with respect to hiring and promotion, the administration of educational programs and policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic or other College-administered programs. Discriminatory acts of any kind are strictly forbidden.
Any member of the SUNO community has the right to raise concerns or make a complaint regarding discrimination without fear of retaliation. Any and all inquiries regarding the application of this statement and related policies may be referred to L'Oreal M. Evans, M.A., Chairperson, at 504-286-5085. Complaints may also be made via e-mail at Levans@suno.edu.
As set forth in our policies, individuals also may file complaints with administrative agencies, such as the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights.
Office of Civil Rights for Louisiana (Dallas Office)
1999 Bryan St., Suite 1620
Dallas, Texas 75201-6810
Phone Number: 214-661-9600/214-661-9600