Midland University Title IX Overview
Midland University is committed to a respectful, safe, and healthy environment and does not tolerate sex discrimination, sexual harassment, or sexual misconduct in any form. Prohibited behaviors include, but are not limited to, unwelcome sexual conduct or communication, rape and other forms of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. These behaviors are not only violations of an individual’s rights, but are also violations of university policy.
Midland University is also committed to promptly, impartially, and equitably addressing and resolving all reports of sex discrimination, sexual harassment, and sexual misconduct. When the university finds that such behavior has occurred it will take steps to stop the behavior, to prevent its recurrence, and to remedy its effects.
Use the navigation links below to learn more about the university’s Title IX Policy, and to access information and resources to support anyone who has been affected by, knows of, or wants to help prevent an incident or pattern of behavior. There are many individuals you can contact with questions and concerns, beginning with the Midland University Title IX Coordinator, Jodi Benjamin (1st Floor Anderson Complex, 402-941-6102, firstname.lastname@example.org).
On May 6, 2020, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights released new regulations regarding Title IX, the law that prohibits sex-based discrimination and harassment at schools, colleges, and universities. Midland’s administration is committed to ensuring that our Title IX actions are rooted in respect, sensitivity, and dignity for all of our students, faculty, and staff while also remaining compliant with the law. See below under “Midland University Title IX Training Resources” to view training resources regarding the new regulations and what our campus community should be aware of regarding the rule changes.
Midland University will always remain committed to a respectful, safe, and healthy environment that does not tolerate sex discrimination, sexual harassment, or sexual misconduct in any form.
Midland University Title IX Policy
The mission of Midland University is to inspire people to learn and lead in the world with purpose. To advance this mission and our core values of respect, faith, learning, stewardship, quality and the experiential learning of living within a campus community, Midland is committed to providing a respectful, safe, and healthy environment for all its students, employees, and guests. To that end, the University prohibits all forms of discrimination based on an individual’s race, color, national origin, gender, age, religion or disability. The University also prohibits all forms of sexual harassment, including but not limited to sexual assault, sexual violence, and sexual exploitation, and all forms of dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking. These behaviors are not only injurious to the individuals against whom they are committed, they are also damaging to the Midland community.
The university is committed to administering its policies and procedures in a manner that is fair and impartial and that treats all persons with dignity and respect. When the university determines that a violation of this Policy has occurred, the university will take prompt and appropriate measures aimed at stopping the violation, preventing its recurrence and remedying its effects.
The Title IX Coordinator, Jodi Benjamin (email@example.com) is responsible for the university’s adherence to this policy. Along with the University President and Board of Directors, the Title IX Coordinator will oversee compliance with and propose changes to this policy. In addition to the Title IX Coordinator, the President, Vice President for Student Affairs, and Athletic Director are deemed to be officials with authority to institute corrective measures and may receive formal complaints.
In order to be considered a Title IX matter, a complaint must meet the definition of sexual harassment. Per the Department of Education (DOE) the definition of sexual harassment is any of the following:
- Any employee of the institution conditioning the provision of aid, benefit or service of the institution on an individual’s participation in unwelcome sexual conduct (or quid pro quo)
- Unwelcome conduct determined by a reasonable person to be so severe, pervasive and objectively offensive that it effectively denies a person equal access to the institution’s education program or activity
- Sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence or stalking as defined by the law.
Additionally, the incident(s) of sexual harassment must have occurred within the United States and within the university’s education program or activities over which the University has substantial control over. Matters of concern that do not meet the definitions of a Title IX issue, may still be reported and can be resolved through the University’s code of conduct.
Students, employees, or others who wish to file a complaint, should reach out to the Title IX Coordinator or officials with the authority to institute corrective measures to begin the grievance process. Respondents are presumed not responsible for a Title IX violation until a conclusion of the grievance process. The University will adopt the preponderance of evidence standard when determining the outcome of a claim.
The grievance process will be guided by the Title IX regulations as defined by the Department of Education and may include informal or formal resolutions. Supportive measures may be offered to both the complainant and the respondent in either a formal or informal complaint.
Supportive measures are defined as actions that are free and individualized that aim to restore or preserve equal access to the University’s educational program and activities. Supportive measures will be non-punitive or disciplinary in nature and can be the final resolution or a part of a final resolution.
Midland University Title IX Training Resources:
- OCR Webinar: Title IX Regulations Addressing Sexual Harassment
- OCR Webinar on New Title IX Protections Against Sexual Assault
- Title IX Bootcamp for Higher Education – Session 1
- Title IX Bootcamp for Higher Education – Session 2
- Title IX Bootcamp for Higher Education – Session 3
- Title IX Bootcamp for Higher Education – Session 4
- Understanding the Final Title IX Regulations – Baker Tilly