Lourdes University Gender-Based & Sexual Misconduct Policy
Lourdes University prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs and activities. Discrimination on the basis of sex includes sexual harassment or sexual violence, such as rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, and sexual coercion, all of which constitute sexual misconduct. Lourdes is committed to the safety and security of students, faculty, staff, and visitors, and the purpose of this policy is to provide a learning environment in which individuals are safe from sexual misconduct.
Any individual — student, faculty, or staff — found responsible for sexual misconduct is subject to disciplinary action. As defined in the Lourdes University Community Standards Code, sexual misconduct includes, but is not limited to, sexual harassment, non-consensual sexual contact, non-consensual sexual intercourse, and sexual exploitation. Consent must be clear, knowing, and voluntary prior to and during sexual activity. The Code of Conduct contained in the Community Standards Code provides additional information and explanation of sexual misconduct and consent and is incorporated by reference in this policy.
Persons filing complaints of sexual misconduct will not be penalized academically or coerced in any way. Retaliation against persons filing complaints of sexual misconduct is prohibited. Anyone alleged to have retaliated or threatened retaliation against a victim of sexual misconduct will be subject to disciplinary review that may result in sanctions up to and including suspension, expulsion or termination.
Persons who believe they have been the victim of sexual misconduct are encouraged to report the incident, as reporting is the only way Lourdes can take action against the accused individual. Reports may be made to Lourdes University Public Safety at 419-574-3861, to the Assistant Dean of Students/Title IX Administrator at 419-517-8946, or to any Lourdes official. Only the persons who need to know will be told of the incident, and information will be shared only as necessary with investigators, witnesses and the accused individual.
If persons desire to report confidentially, they should speak with on-campus mental health counselors, campus health service providers or off-campus rape crisis resources who can maintain confidentiality. Off-campus resources are listed in the Campus Sexual Assault Victims' Bill of Rights contained in the Student Handbook. In addition, the Sophia Center is a campus resource that provides confidential, pressure-free support and information to victims of sexual assault and can be contacted at 419-882-4529. The Sophia Center can provide information about sexual assault reporting options, options for medical treatment and evidence collection, campus and community resources, and victims' rights. All Lourdes University personnel should refer sexual assault victims to the Sophia Center.
Both the person filing a complaint and the person accused of sexual misconduct have the right to a prompt and equitable investigation and resolution of the complaint. Mediation will not be used to resolve sexual misconduct complaints. Both parties will be informed promptly of the outcome of the investigation and any discipline that is imposed.
Possible sanctions for students range from reprimands and community service to suspension and expulsion. Possible sanctions for faculty and staff range from reprimands to termination of employment. Lourdes reserves the right to impose different sanctions, ranging from verbal warning to expulsion or termination, depending on the severity of the offense.
To encourage victims to seek assistance and consider reporting, Student Life grants amnesty to students who may have violated Lourdes' alcohol policy at the time of the alleged incident. A student who reports that he or she was under the influence of alcohol at the time will not face Lourdes University sanctions related to the alcohol use.
Students may also change their residence housing and academic arrangements if such changes are reasonably available.
For immediate emergency medical attention, female victims should call 911 or go to Toledo Hospital, St. Vincent's, St. Luke's, or University of Toledo Medical Center, as these hospitals have nurses with special training for sexual assaults. Male victims should call 911 or go to the University of Toledo Medical Center for specialized care. Children under 14 years of age should be taken to Toledo Hospital or St. Vincent's for specialized pediatric care. To preserve evidence, the victim should not bathe, douche, or brush teeth prior to going to the hospital. If clothing worn at the time of the assault has been removed, it should be taken along to the hospital in a paper bag.
Additional assistance is available by contacting the Sophia Center at 419-882-4529 or, for 24-hour information/advocacy, by calling the Hope Center Rape Crisis Hotline at 419-241-7273.
Victims of sexual misconduct may pursue criminal prosecution and/or civil litigation. The Director of Safety & Security is available to provide assistance with filing charges with the Sylvania Police Department and to help the victim understand the criminal prosecution process. Lourdes will cooperate and assist in notifying the proper law enforcement agency if the victim so chooses.
As required by the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (the Clery Act), Lourdes collects and discloses crime statistics, including reported forcible and non-forcible sexual offenses, to students, employees and the public. No personally identifying information is included in the statistical reports.