Equal Opportunity (Civil Rights) Policies and Procedures
Augustana University affirms its commitment to promote the goals of fairness and equity in all aspects of the educational enterprise. Augustana policies and procedures related to discrimination (age, race, sex, gender identity, nationality, etc.) are designed to promote principles of global human dignity with an emphasis on meaningful remedies, social justice, victim empowerment and advocacy, comprehensive investigation and prompt, humane, non-adversarial resolution of everything from bias incidents to stalking, to rape and intimate partner violence.
The policies presented here are subject to resolution using Augustana’s Equity Grievance Process. This process is based upon an Office for Civil Rights (OCR) compliant model. Augustana resolves discrimination complaints involving students, faculty and staff using a common policy and one centralized procedure.
The Equity Grievance Process is applicable regardless of the status of the parties involved, who may be members or non-members of the campus community, students, student organizations, faculty, administrators and/or staff.
Augustana University affirms its commitment to promote the goals of fairness and equity in all aspects of the educational enterprise.
Reports of discrimination, harassment and/or retaliation should be made promptly. There is no time limitation on the filing of grievances as long as the accused individual remains subject to the University’s jurisdiction.
Inquiries about these policies and related resolution processes may be made internally to:
Beth Elam, Associate Dean of Students (Title IX Coordinator)
Dean of Students Office, Mortenson Center #116,
Augustana University, 2001 S. Summit Avenue, Sioux Falls, SD 57197
Office: 605.274.4124, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Inquiries may be made externally to:
Recent guidance from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights clarifies that sexual harassment includes all forms of sexual violence including sexual misconduct, exploitation, stalking and other related policies as defined in this publication.
The University is continuing a review of its policies and resolution procedures to ensure that processes, protocols and resources are in compliance with guidance issued by the U.S. Department’s Office for Civil Rights. During this process, content appearing on this website supersedes all print documents and will serve as the essential resource for current practice.
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 These policies and procedures will be reviewed and updated annually by the Title IX Coordinator and Deputy Coordinators. The Title IX Coordinator may make minor modifications to procedure that do not materially jeopardize the fairness owed to any party. However, the Title IX Coordinator may also vary procedures materially with notice (on the institutional website, with appropriate date of effect identified) upon determining that changes to law or regulation require policy or procedural alterations not reflected in this policy and procedure. Procedures in effect at the time of its implementation will apply. Policy in effect at the time of the offense will apply even if the policy is changed subsequently, unless the parties consent to be bound by the current policy. Date of last review: August 4, 2020.