From the Madonna University Title IX August 2020 Policy
Madonna University (the “University”), is committed to creating and maintaining a safe and non- discriminatory campus community that is free from Sexual and Gender-Based Misconduct1 and that enables individuals engaged in its Programs or Activities (as defined in Section II below) to participate fully in the scholarly, research, educational, patient care, and service missions of the University. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex or gender in any of its Programs and Activities.
The University’s Policy on Sexual and Gender-Based Misconduct (“Policy”) prohibits the following types of conduct as defined in Section XI below (also referred to collectively as “Prohibited Conduct”):
Sexual and Gender-Based Misconduct (i.e., Sexual Assault; Sexual Exploitation; Sexual Harassment; Gender-Based Harassment; Sex and/or Gender-Based Stalking; Intimate Partner Violence; Sex and Gender-Based Discrimination; Retaliation and Violation of Supportive Measures); and
Title IX Misconduct (i.e., Quid Pro Quo Sexual Harassment; Severe, Pervasive and Objectively Offensive Sexual Harassment; Sexual Assault; and Sex-Based Intimate Partner Violence and Stalking; as defined by and within the scope of Title IX).
The University must define and respond to Title IX Misconduct as required by regulations issued in May 2020 by the U.S. Department of Education to implement Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, codified at 34 C.F.R. Part 106 (the “Title IX Regulations”). The Title IX Regulations allow the University to define and regulate Prohibited Conduct that falls outside the definition of Title IX Misconduct, but which the University is committed to addressing as a matter of University policy and/or as required by other applicable law. Accordingly, the University’s Policy prohibiting Sexual and Gender-Based Misconduct and Title IX Misconduct is consistent with the Title IX Regulations, as well as the University’s mission and commitment to ensuring a safe and non-discriminatory campus community.
Prohibited Conduct undermines the character and purpose of the University and the University will take appropriate prompt and effective action to eliminate Prohibited Conduct, prevent its recurrence, and remedy its effects. Prohibited Conduct may also constitute crimes that violate federal and state law.
The University adopts this Policy with a commitment to: (1) eliminating, preventing, and addressing the effects of Prohibited Conduct; (2) fostering an environment where all individuals are well-informed and supported in reporting Prohibited Conduct; (3) providing a fair and impartial process for all parties; and (4) identifying the procedures by which violations of this Policy will be evaluated. Employees, Students, or Third Parties (as defined in Section II below) who violate this Policy may face, as appropriate, disciplinary action up to and including termination, expulsion, or other actions.
It is the responsibility of every member of the University Community to foster an environment free of Prohibited Conduct. All members of the University Community are encouraged to take reasonable and prudent actions to prevent or stop such behavior.
This Policy sets forth how the University will proceed once it is made aware of possible Prohibited Conduct. The Policy is in keeping with our institutional values and is intended to meet our obligations under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”); Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”) and regulations promulgated thereunder in 2020; the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (“Clery Act”), as amended by the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (“VAWA”), with respect to its application to Prohibited Conduct; and other applicable law and regulations.
From the Madonna University Student Handbook
Madonna University guarantees the right to equal educational opportunity without discrimination because of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, height, weight, marital status, disability, veteran status, or any other protected class. Madonna University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Michigan State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action.
From the Madonna University Student Handbook
Madonna students, staff, and faculty form a unique educational community dedicated to furthering the University’s educational mission. We take pride in our community. Madonna University strives to provide an inclusive, respectful, supportive, intellectual community we can all be proud of. In order to maximize each student’s college experience and educational potential, all Madonna community members are expected to adhere to University policies.
For students, this means understanding and accepting the Student Code of Conduct as the basis for nurturing our community. The Student Code of Conduct outlines policies and procedures that protect students and it articulates minimum standards for appropriate behavior. Students, faculty, staff and administration have agreed on this Code; therefore, becoming a Madonna student means accepting its rules and general spirit of respect and cooperation. We believe that this Code encourages academic and interpersonal integrity. In addition to adhering to University policies and rules, students are expected to:
Show respect and sensitivity for others;
Support open communication to enhance our living/learning atmosphere;
Be honest in all academic work and know that cheating, plagiarizing, and giving false information will not be tolerated;
Help support enforcing Madonna’s rules and regulations, when needed;
Respect the University’s physical facilities and individual property;
Meet all financial obligations.
As a community, we value our students’ safety and well-being; therefore, violations of this Code will result in disciplinary sanctions through the Vice President for Student Affairs and Mission Integration.
Those charged with the enforcement of this code will at all times endeavor to observe the due process system so that each student is heard in a just and consistent manner including a hearing before the Student Appeal Board as cited in this Student Handbook, when deemed appropriate.
For severe or repeat infractions, the University has the right to dismiss students. All local, state, and federal laws apply to students while on property owned or controlled by the University or when off campus; therefore, disciplinary action may be taken against individuals and/or organizations for misconduct and students may be legally prosecuted.
Every student is responsible for knowing and abiding by the Madonna University Student Code of Conduct. The University reserves the right to alter or add to this Code within the students’ term of enrollment with communication of those changes being given to the members of the University community. We believe that this Code promotes our students’ academic success and personal development. Please take time to familiarize yourself with this Code, as it delineates your rights and responsibilities.
A copy of this code is available to each student online through MyPortal. Students belonging to more than one community at Madonna, i.e., student athletes, residents, student employees, majors requiring licensing and/or certification, are responsible for adhering to the rules and policies of those communities.
From Madonna University Campus Safety Website
Livonia Police: 911 from cell phone, 9-911 from campus phone
Madonna Campus Safety: 5442 from campus phone, 734-432-5442 from a cell phone, Parking Lot Emergency Phones (Livonia campus) – press the red button
Madonna University Psychological Services Clinic: Contact 734-432-5493. A member of the clinical services staff will respond to your call quickly and confidentially.
Domestic Abuse & Sexual Assault Resources: First Step Hot Line (24 hour hotline) 1-888-453-5900.
St. Mary Mercy Hospital: Emergency Department 734-655-4800; located at 5 Mile and Levan Road, 1 mile away from campus
Title IX Coordinator: John Magee, M.A., at 734-432-5656 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Madonna University Department of Campus Safety needs your help in deterring crime on campus. If you have ANY information about a recent or past incident please, take the time to fill out the form below. All information is kept strictly confidential. Please keep in mind that if it is a crime in progress call x5442, or 911 if it is an emergency. Your help is greatly appreciated.
If you have been assaulted, physically or sexually, you should:
From the Madonna University Student Handbook
2N: Sexual Violence
Sexual violence refers to physical sexual acts perpetuated against a person’s will or where a person is incapable of giving consent due to the victim’s use of drugs or alcohol. An individual also may be unable to give consent due to an intellectual or other disability. A number of acts fall into the category of sexual violence, including rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, and sexual coercion. All such acts of sexual violence are forms of sexual harassment covered under Title IX. Sexual harassment is unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature. It includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature. Sexual violence is a form of sexual harassment prohibited by Title IX.
Section 2, University Policies, 2-4
From Staff Handbook on the Madonna University Portal
Madonna University is committed to maintaining a work environment that is free of harassment. More specifically, the University will not condone actions and words which a reasonable person would regard as either discrimination or harassment by or on the part of administrators, staff, faculty, and students.
The policy of Madonna University is to treat all employees equally and with respect. All employees of Madonna University are to avoid making negative, controversial, derogatory or offensive statements (whether oral or written) concerning other individuals or groups.
Harassment of an employee by management, another employee, or any other individual is prohibited. Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature is strictly prohibited. Further, harassment, including sexual, racial or any other form of harassment and discrimination, is prohibited.
Any individual who feels s/he is a victim of harassment or discrimination should immediately report it to his/her immediate supervisor, or to the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs. If you are uncomfortable in reporting it to your immediate supervisor or if you are not happy with the result, then you should report it to the Director of Human Resources.
Complaints of any form of harassment will be investigated in a manner as confidential as possible. All personnel are expected to cooperate fully with any such investigation. Individuals who violate this policy will subject themselves to disciplinary action up to and including discharge. An investigation may include interviews of possible witnesses, including the person claiming the harassment has occurred, and the person or persons claimed to be involved in the harassment. The privacy of the person issuing the complaint, of the person accused, and the steps taken in the investigation will be protected to the extent possible. An investigation of the complaint will be conducted by the Director of Human Resources, an appropriate vice president, and/or one of their designees as soon as possible and conducted in an expeditious manner as follows:
RETALIATION WILL ALSO NOT BE TOLERATED
In continuance of Madonna University's commitment to safety and security, and in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, please familiarize yourself with the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report, detailed below. This report is a summation of the crime statistics for Madonna's main campus, including branch campuses, for the past three years. The current report is available here.
A printed copy is available for review at the following main campus locations:
Department of Campus Safety – West Wing 125/127;
Dean of Students Office – Room 1113C;
Corporate Compliance Office – TBD;
Human Resources – Room 2200.
To request a copy please call (734) 432-5326.