2017-2018 CIU Student Handbook
the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body. Or do you
not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have
from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God
in your body (1 Cor. 6:13b, 18-20).
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects people from
discrimination based on sex, in educational programs or activities which
receive federal financial assistance. Further, Title IX forbids sex discrimination
in all university services and programs. More specifically, Title IX covers
sexual harassment and sexual assault as a form of sex discrimination. Sexual
harassment, which includes acts of sexual assault/violence such as rape,
sexual battery or sexual coercion, along with stalking, is a form of gender-based
discrimination prohibited by Title IX.
See additional definitions under the Campus
SaVE Act Policy.
Sexual harassment refers to unwelcome sexual advances,
requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual
nature when this conduct explicitly or implicitly affects an individual’s well-
being, unreasonably interferes with an individual’s living, educational or work
performance, or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment.
Sexual assault refers to a range of behaviors, including but
not limited to, a completed nonconsensual sex act (e.g., rape), an attempted
nonconsensual sex act, and/or abusive sexual contact (i.e., unwanted touching).
Sexual assault includes any sexual act or behavior that is perpetrated when
someone does not or cannot consent. Lack of consent may be inferred when a
perpetrator uses force, harassment, threat of force, threat of adverse personnel or
disciplinary action, or other coercion, or when the victim is asleep, incapacitated,
unconscious, or physically or legally incapable of consent.
Stalking refers to harassing, unwanted or threatening conduct that
causes a victim to reasonably fear for his or her safety or the safety of a family
member. Stalking conduct can include, but is not limited to: following or spying
on a person; appearing uninvited and unwanted at a person’s residence or work;
waiting at places in order to make unwanted contact with a person or to monitor
a person; leaving undesired items (e.g., presents or flowers) for a person; and
posting information or spreading rumors about a person on the internet, in a public
place, or by word of mouth. It also includes “cyberstalking”: following a person’s
internet activity with malicious intent, hacking into someone’s email, making
anonymous contact with someone over the internet or by email, or otherwise
using technology to make unwanted contact. Stalking may occur through use of
technology including, but not limited to, email, voicemail, text messaging, and use
of GPS and social networking sites.
CIU Response to Title IX Complaints/Violations:
Sexual harassment, sexual assault/violence, stalking and relationship violence
have a profound impact on a victim’s academic, social, working, and personal life,
and negatively affects victims’ friends and families, other students, co-workers,
and members of the university community. Columbia International University
(hereafter, “CIU”) does not and will not tolerate sex discrimination. Prohibited sex
discrimination includes all forms of sexual harassment or sexual violence (as
defined above). CIU will pursue the perpetrators of such acts to the fullest extent