Sexual Misconduct

Methodist College seeks to maintain a safe and healthy environment for faculty, staff, and students.

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 states: "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."

Methodist College is committed to providing a learning, working, and living environment that promotes personal integrity and human dignity in an environment free of sexual harassment and sexual assault/violence, dating violence, and domestic violence. Sexual discrimination violates an individual's fundamental rights and personal dignity.

We take reports of sexual harassment, sexual assault/violence, dating violence, and domestic violence seriously and how we respond depends on, among other things, the facts and circumstances of the specific incident, to whom it was reported and the College's obligation under applicable federal and state laws and regulations. 

Sexual and Other Forms of Harassment Policy

The policies governing our investigative and accountability process are located in the Sexual and Other Forms of Harassment policy available on this website and in the Student and Employee handbooks.

Policy

In order to preserve the fundamental dignity and rights of all Methodist College employees or students or those seeking such status with the College, harassment of any form, whether on the basis of sex or any other protected class under the College's Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination Policy, is prohibited. This policy provides guidelines for the reporting, investigation and disposition of instances of such harassment.

General Information

Harassment and retaliation are contrary to the values of Methodist College, and it is the policy of the College to provide a workplace and learning environment free from unlawful and improper harassment by management, employees, students or any other third parties. Preventing harassment and retaliation, as well as other disrespectful conduct, is the responsibility of all members of the Methodist College community.

Harassment is considered a serious act of misconduct and will subject the perpetrator to corrective action, which may include without limitation mandatory counseling, or disciplinary action, which could include without limitation, suspension without pay or termination or expulsion. Similarly, Methodist College may modify or terminate its relationships with clients and vendors when their representatives engage in harassment in violation of this policy.

Violations of this policy must be reported as soon as possible to designated personnel as stated in this policy. Every effort will be made to respond to reports of perceived prohibited conduct ("Concerns") in an adequate, reliable, impartial and timely manner. The College may also have an obligation to respond to sexual harassment that initially occurred off College grounds when the conduct could create a hostile environment on campus.  If anyone feels that the College has not met its obligations under this policy, that person should contact the Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management and Students Affairs/Title IX Coordinator:

Dr. Keith Branham
Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Managerment and Student Affairs/Title IX Coordinator
Methodist College
7600 N. Academic Drive, W132
Peoria, IL 61615
(309) 671-2734
kbranham@methodistcol.edu

Sexual Harassment Policy

Reporting Options

Rights and Options

Resources and Services

Consent