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Southeast Missouri State University is committed to fostering an environment that is safe and secure, free from sexual and gender-based discrimination and harassment, sexual violence, dating and domestic violence, stalking and other related misconduct. The University is required to comply with Title IX of the Higher Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits discrimination, on the basis of sex, in education programs and activities. Similarly, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA) requires prompt, fair and impartial investigation and resolution of allegations of sexual assault, stalking, dating violence and domestic violence. Based on this legislation, Southeast Missouri State University recognizes its responsibility to increase awareness of such misconduct, prevent its occurrence, support victims, deal fairly and firmly with offenders, and diligently investigate reports of misconduct.
The University’s process for investigating and adjudicating reports of sexual violence
can be viewed here:
Guidelines for Defining and Adjudicating Sexual Assault Cases Involving Students
The University investigation process is separate from that of a criminal process, and students can choose to participate in both processes, participate in just one of the processes, or elect not to participate in either process.