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Interim Policy P-14.03-08/20
Office of the President
Dr. Martha D. Saunders, President
The University of West Florida ("UWF" or the "University") is committed to providing an environment that is free of sexual harassment and sexual misconduct. This Policy covers a broad range of behavior, including sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, and retaliation (hereinafter "Prohibited Conduct"), that is prohibited under this Policy as well as State and Federal law and regulations. As a recipient of Federal funds, the University is required to comply with Title IX of the Higher Education Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. § 1681 et seq. ("Title IX"), which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs or activities. The University of West Florida is committed to providing programs, activities and an educational environment free from sex-based discrimination, the Prohibited Conduct outlined in this Policy. The University of West Florida is committed to fostering a community that promotes prompt reporting of all types of Prohibited Conduct. Creating a safe environment is the responsibility of all members of the University community. This Policy deals primarily with Sexual Harassment as defined in this Policy and as defined under the Federal Title IX regulations. Not all conduct that is commonly understood to be sexual harassment (and not all sexual harassment that the University seeks to prohibit) will fall under this Policy's definition. If an allegation of Prohibited Conduct does not match this Policy's definition of Sexual Harassment, the University may still adjudicate the allegation under "Prohibition of Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation" (University Policy P-13.09-02/20) or the Student Code of Conduct (UWF REG-3.010). This Policy is designed to provide an equitable process through which an affected individual can report Prohibited Conduct. Nothing in this Policy will be interpreted to violate any individual's constitutional rights. Through this Policy, the University strives to respond promptly and reasonably to such reports and to provide fairness to both the Complainant and Respondent. Despite the University's prompt timeframe for the grievance process, the University will allow for the temporary delay of the grievance process or the limited extension of time frames for good cause with written notice to the Complainant and the Respondent of the delay or extension and the reasons for the action.