Section 1: Introduction

The following policy (procedure) is under review by the college following adoption of new regulations by the U. S. Department of Education. Revised or new policy (procedures) will be adopted by the college on or before August 14, 2020.  Please check this page for updates.

 

Berea College (the “College”) prohibits all forms of sexual discrimination, including Sexual Misconduct as described in this policy. The College is committed to addressing Sexual Misconduct in a manner consistent with applicable law. The College also is committed to raising awareness of issues relating to Sexual Misconduct and its prevention, providing training and continuing education for students, staff and faculty, and providing adequate resources for prompt assistance to victims of Sexual Misconduct.

Specifically, it is the policy of the College that designated faculty and staff members take immediate and appropriate steps to investigate and take action when the College knows or reasonably should know of possible Sexual Misconduct. When Sexual Misconduct is determined to have occurred, the College shall take prompt and effective steps reasonably calculated to end the misconduct, prevent its recurrence, and, as appropriate, remedy its effects. All complaints shall be processed in accordance with the procedures established in this policy.

It is also the policy of the College to protect any student, faculty, or staff member filing a complaint alleging Sexual Misconduct and to ensure that person’s safety as necessary, including taking interim steps to protect the person prior to the final outcome of any investigation.

The College is committed to resolving complaints promptly and equitably and to providing a safe and nondiscriminatory environment for all students, faculty, or staff members, free from Sexual Misconduct. This also includes complaints involving parties of the same sex.