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Purpose of This Policy

Pursuant to Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Gordon College prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex or gender in its programs and activities. Gordon College has jurisdiction over complaints or reports under Title IX. The College will respond to and make reasonable efforts to investigate and address complaints or reports about prohibited conduct, or possible prohibited conduct that the College becomes aware of, with measures designed to stop the prohibited conduct, eliminate any such discrimination, prevent the recurrence of the prohibited conduct, and remediate any adverse effects of such conduct on campus or in College-related programs or activities. The procedures in this policy are designed to provide for a timely and fair investigation of sexual misconduct cases, regardless of how the information was brought to Gordon College’s attention or the extent to which the complainant (as defined below) wishes to participate or be involved, and to protect the rights and privacy of all parties involved.

Retaliation against anyone involved in filing an internal complaint under this policy, filing an external complaint, participating in the internal disciplinary process, or opposing in a reasonable manner an act believed to constitute a violation of this policy, is prohibited and will not be tolerated.