Information Resource - Title lX Discrimination, Harassment and Sexual Misconduct
Members of the Muskingum University community, guests, and visitors have the right to be free from all forms of gender and sex-based discrimination. In accordance with the University’s mission and in compliance with Title IX legislation, Muskingum University seeks to prevent sexual harassment and sex misconduct.
Muskingum University is committed to responding promptly to concerns or allegations of harassment and assault. Support and counseling are available to those requesting services. Adequate steps are taken to immediately eliminate the sexual misconduct, preventing its recurrence and providing fair, adequate and equitable resolution of complaints brought to the University’s attention.
Sexual Misconduct is defined as any unwelcome conduct or act of a sexual nature perpetrated against an individual without effective consent or when an individual is unable to freely give consent. Sexual misconduct includes but is not limited to sexual harassment and discrimination, sexual assault, non-consensual sexual contact, stalking, dating violence, and domestic violence.
Discrimination is unequal treatment of persons for a reason which has nothing to do with legal rights or abilities. Federal and state laws prohibit discrimination based on race, color, creed, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation or any other legally protected status.
Unwelcome sexual advances, request for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute sexual harassment.
Sexual Assault is any form of sexual contact directed against another person that occurs without the explicit consent of the recipient, including sexual acts committed against a person who is incapable of giving consent (e.g. due to the individual being under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or because an intellectual or other disability prevents the individual from having the capacity to give clear, unambiguous consent). Sexual assault may occur through the use of verbal emotional or physical force, intimidation or coercion. Sexual assault may, include but is not limited to, rape, sodomy, forcible oral copulations, sexual assault with an object, sexual battery, forcible fondling, and threat of sexual assault.
Consent is affirmative, conscious, and voluntary agreement to engage in sexual activity. Past consent does not imply future consent. Silence or absence of resistance does not imply consent. Consent must be clearly demonstrated through mutually understandable words and/or actions. Consent can be withdrawn at any time. Consent to one form of sexual activity cannot be assumed to be consent to any other form of sexual activity.
To Report An Incident Confidentially:
If one desires that details of the incident be kept confidential, they should speak with on-campus mental health counselors from Counseling Services, campus health providers at theWellness Center, the University Chaplain, or off-campus rape crisis resources who can maintain confidentiality. Campus Counselorsare available to help you free of charge, and can be seen on an emergency basis.
To Report Online:
If you want to submit a written report, please do so using the Conduct Reporting Form. When completing the form, please mark that the nature of the report is "Concerning of threatening behavior." You should also include as much information as possible when submitting this report. The Title IX Coordinator will follow-up with all submitted reports.