Title IX- Sexual Misconduct Support and Response
The University of St. Thomas prohibits all forms of sexual misconduct and works to help those impacted in the form of protective and supportive measures. This website can help individuals learn about
- the university's sexual misconduct policy,
- on and off-campus support resources for those impacted,
- incident reporting protocol and expectations,
- the resolution process,
- training obligations and opportunities, and
- how to contact the Title IX coordinator
The University of St. Thomas’ mission and convictions embody our commitment to promote and protect the personal dignity and well-being of every member of the St. Thomas community.
Sexual harassment, sexual assault, and other forms of sexual misconduct violate that commitment and are not tolerated in our community. Moreover, they constitute unlawful sex discrimination. All forms of sexual misconduct are prohibited by St. Thomas.
What is Title IX?
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in education. It reads:
“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.”
—Legal Citation: Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and its implementing regulation at 34 C.F.R. Part 106 (Title IX)
It is not just about athletics – Title IX considers sexual harassment and sexual violence as forms of sex/gender discrimination, and it requires that all incidents of sexual harassment and sexual violence be viewed as discrimination and investigated.
The University of St. Thomas is committed to promoting and protecting the personal dignity and well-being of every member of our community. All St. Thomas faculty, staff and students receive training related to interpersonal violence and prevention. Explore below for more information on what the training entails.
Staff and faculty receive training related to interpersonal violence and prevention during new staff or new faculty orientation. In an effort to bolster our training and ensure we are reaching as many members of our community as possible, all St. Thomas employees are also required to participate in an online interpersonal violence awareness and prevention program every two years. This is one of the many ways St. Thomas works towards a safer environment for all our community members.
In January 2023 we transitioned to a new online training vendor. For this reason, and because the pandemic disrupted many employee training completion schedules, all employees are required to complete the new online training, regardless of when they last completed training. Employees will then be required to complete booster training every two years thereafter.
This video-based program will provide information about how to support someone who’s experienced sexual assault, dating violence, or stalking, as well as ways you can intervene in high-risk situations to help keep people safe. This program will also cover the University of St. Thomas policies prohibiting sexual misconduct and resources employees can access should they encounter such a situation. We hope you will find this information useful and that it can serve as a starting point for discussion within and beyond our community.
Employees will be notified via email regarding the timing and process of completing online training.
All incoming students, graduate, and undergraduate, are required to participate in an online interpersonal violence prevention and awareness program. Returning students may periodically be invited to complete additional refresher modules. This training is required, and any currently enrolled student who has not completed the training will receive a course registration hold placed on their account, preventing registration for future courses.
This video-based program will provide critical information about how to support someone who’s experienced sexual assault, dating violence, or stalking, as well as ways you can intervene in high-risk situations to help keep people safe. These videos will also link to the University of St. Thomas policies prohibiting sexual misconduct and resources students can access should they encounter such a situation. We hope you will find this information useful and that it can serve as a starting point for discussions on interpersonal violence and misconduct with your classmates, friends, or loved ones.
Students may access the required online training with the button below.