Title IX


East Texas Baptist University is committed to providing a safe and non-discriminatory learning, living, and working environment for all members of the University community.

East Texas Baptist University is committed to providing an institutional environment where all persons may pursue their studies, careers, duties, and activities in an atmosphere free of threat of unwelcome and unwanted sexual actions. This policy prohibits sexual and gender-based harassment, sexual assault, sexual exploitation, stalking, intimate relationship violence, and retaliation (collectively referred to in this policy as prohibited conduct). These forms of prohibited conduct are harmful to the well-being of our community and its members, the learning and working environment, and collegial relationships among our students, faculty, and staff.

The University will comply with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX), which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in the University's programs and activities; the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act), as amended by the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA); Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Chapter 21 of the Texas Labor Code; Chapter 40, Section 819 of the Texas Administrative Code; and other applicable law.

This policy sets forth the procedures that will be used to investigate and respond to reports of prohibited conduct. The University will respond to reports about prohibited conduct with measures designed to eliminate the conduct, prevent its recurrence, and remedy any adverse effects of the conduct on individuals, members of the campus community, or University-related programs or activities.

While East Texas Baptist University encourages students to abide by the University’s Sexuality and Gender Statement, the University recognizes that each student will make independent decisions about their own conduct. The University expects students to reflect Christ-like character, conducting themselves in a manner consistent with biblical principles.  


Scope
This policy governs the conduct of East Texas Baptist University students, regardless of enrollment status; faculty; staff; and third parties (i.e., non-members of the University community, such as vendors, alumni/ae, and visitors).

Third parties are both protected by and subject to this policy. A third party may report potential policy violations committed by a member of the University community, and the University will take appropriate steps to investigate and respond. A third party who is accused of violating University policy may also be permanently barred from the University or subject to other restrictions for failing to comply with this policy.

This policy applies to conduct that occurs:

  • on campus or University property;
  • in the context of any University-related or sponsored education program or activity, regardless of the location (including travel, research, or internship programs);
  • by an ETBU student, regardless of location, under the Student Conduct Code;
  • through the use of University-owned or provided technology resources; or
  • when the conduct has a nexus to the University, such as continuing adverse effects or the creation or continuation of a hostile environment on campus.

For every report, the Title IX Coordinator will review the circumstances of the reported conduct to determine whether the University has jurisdiction. The University will however, take reasonable action to support a complainant through interim remedial measures and will assist a complainant in identifying external reporting mechanisms.