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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:

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:

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:

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