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Student Handbook: Students' Rights and Responsibilities

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Title IX Sexual Misconduct Policy

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 states: “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance”. Sexual violence is a form of sexual harassment prohibited by Title IX. In addition to the 1972 definition of discrimination on the basis of sex, Federal legislation of 2001 and 2006 identify sexual assault and sexual harassment as policy violations which are to be specifically dealt with by universities receiving any Federal funding.

Samford University complies with applicable laws prohibiting discrimination, including applicable provisions of and amendments to Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Executive Order 11246, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran status in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs or services.

Samford University is a Christian institution of higher education that has a moral commitment to the worth and dignity of all individuals. Samford’s policy of opposition to sexual harassment and sexual assault is not only a legal responsibility and practical utility, but stems from the University’s profound commitment to Christian and moral values as expressed in its mission and purpose.