Statement of Policy
Wartburg College is committed to providing a learning, working, and living environment free from all forms of sexual misconduct including, but not limited to, sex-based harassment, non-consensual sex acts, non-consensual sexual touching,and sexual exploitation. Wartburg College considers sex discrimination in all forms to be a serious offense and it will not be tolerated. The college is dedicated to preventing all forms of sex discrimination and sexual misconduct and educating all students, faculty and staff regarding such discrimination and misconduct. Any conduct in violation of this policy will be treated using procedures described in this policy. Wartburg College encourages persons who have experienced any form of sexual harassment or sexual misconduct to report the incident promptly, to seek all available assistance, and where appropriate, to report the incident to local law enforcement. It is a violation of this policy for any student, and member of the staff or faculty, or any administrator to retaliate against another person for exercising his/her rights under this policy.
Members of the Wartburg College community, as well as guests and visitors have the right to protection from sexual discrimination and misconduct. All members ofthe Wartburg College community are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that does not infringe upon the rights of others. The Wartburg College Sexual Misconduct, Discrimination, and Grievance Policy has been established to reaffirm these principles and to provide guidelines in reporting and recourse for those individuals whose rights have been violated. The policy is designed to promote compliance with campus, state and federal regulations; to allow for appropriate reporting, investigation, and sanctioning of behavior that is inconsistent with Wartburg College policies; and to educate all members of the College community about the implications and consequences of this inappropriate behavior.
The policy covers conduct that occurs on the Wartburg campus and any Wartburg sponsored programs or events. The policy also covers prohibited conduct that initially occurs off-campus when students or employees experience continuing effects of the off-campus acts in the educational or work setting. The policy covers offenses perpetrated by faculty, staff, students, and third parties.