Harassment and Sexual Misconduct Board
The Harassment and Sexual Misconduct Board (HSMB) is authorized to hear and adjudicate allegations of prohibited student discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and non-Title IX sexual misconduct against students. Additionally, the HSMB hears all cases of Title IX sexual harassment against students and non-students. The HSMB is made of individuals that may serve in the role of Chair of a HSMB hearing panel and/or Appeal Panel and administrators and faculty who may serve as members of a HSMB hearing panel or Appeal Panel. In cases against students, faculty will not serve on the hearing panel.
The University prohibits and this policy addresses discrimination, including harassment, on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, veteran's status, and genetic information in its educational programs and activities and with regard to employment. Additionally, the University prohibits retaliation against any individual who brings a good faith complaint under this policy or is involved in the complaint process. Students, faculty, and staff found to have violated this policy will be disciplined appropriately, up to and including termination from employment or dismissal from the University.
Alleged sexual misconduct subject to this policy includes both Title IX sexual harassment (which is defined by law) and non-Title IX sexual misconduct (which includes allegations that do not meet the definitions of under Title IX, but nonetheless violate the University's community standards. The policy prohibits sexual harassment, non-consensual sexual penetration, non-consensual sexual contact, sexual exploitation, domestic and dating violence, incest, statutory nonconsensual sexual penetration, and stalking-and retaliation. This policy provides guidance to assist those who have experienced or been affected by sexual misconduct, whether as a complainant, a respondent, or a third party. It includes detailed information about what conduct is prohibited, confidential and reporting resources, and resolution procedures.