Title IX - Sexual Misconduct Policies & Procedures

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As established in its Ethos Statement, members of the Asbury Theological Seminary community commit themselves to the practice of celibacy in singleness and fidelity in Christian marriage, which the Seminary affirms as a sacred union between one man and one woman; commit themselves to helping one another attain the highest standards of sexual morality, and to recognize the devastating personal, social and global effects of sexual sin against God, self and others, but especially society’s most vulnerable members; and condemn any form of harassment or abuse.  

Consistent with these principles, Asbury Theological Seminary is committed to complying with laws on sexual misconduct, including Title IX, the Jeanne Clery Act (Clery Act) and the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act (SaVE Act). The Seminary has adopted policies and procedures to prevent and respond to incidents of sexual misconduct. These rules apply to all members of the Seminary community, including students, faculty and staff, as well as third parties who interact with the Seminary community.  The Seminary will respond promptly and effectively to reports of sexual misconduct, and will take appropriate action to prevent, correct and, when appropriate, discipline behavior that violates this policy.  The Seminary also will take steps in the event of sexual misconduct to remedy its discriminatory effects on the survivor and others, if appropriate.  

The Seminary is committed to creating and maintaining a community where all persons who participate in Seminary programs and activities can work and learn together in an atmosphere free of sexual misconduct. Therefore, the Seminary will not tolerate sexual misconduct as defined in this policy. Such acts are prohibited by Seminary policy, as well as state and federal law. Persons whom the Seminary determines more likely than not have violated this policy are subject to penalties up to and including dismissal or separation from the Seminary, regardless of whether they are also facing criminal or civil charges before a government agency or court of law.

This policy applies to all Seminary students, faculty and staff, as well as third parties who interact with the Seminary community, and all Seminary-sponsored programs, events and activities, regardless of where the alleged sexual misconduct occurs.  Gender-based discrimination or harassment that is not covered by this policy should be addressed through the Seminary’s other policies on equal opportunity, harassment and discrimination.  Nothing about this policy condones sexual relationships or any behavior that is inconsistent with the Seminary’s Ethos Statement, regardless of whether the parties’ actions are welcome or consensual as defined in this policy, and violations of the Seminary’s Ethos Statement are grounds for discipline regardless of whether the conduct violates this policy.  

This policy shall not be used to remedy acts which are crimes under the laws of the Commonwealth of Kentucky or the United States.