TITLE IX POLICY
Maranatha Baptist University is committed to maintaining a safe and healthy educational and work environment in which no member of the University community is, on the basis of sex, excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or subjected to discrimination in any University program or activity. Sexual harassment, including sexual violence, is a form of sex discrimination in that it denies an individual equal access to the University’s programs or activities.
Maranatha’s policies prohibiting sexual harassment and other sexual misconduct are designed to ensure a safe and non-discriminatory educational and work environment and to meet legal requirements, including: Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in the University’s programs or activities; relevant sections of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act now known as the Campus SaVE Act; Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in employment; and Wisconsin laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex.
Learn more about Maranatha’s Title IX policy and other available protections from sexual misconduct and support for students in need of assistance.
REPORTING SEXUAL MISCONDUCT
University procedures are in place for any individual to report sexual harassment to the Title IX Coordinator. These procedures include provisions for supportive measures to anyone who has been subjected to sexual harassment whether or not they proceed with a formal allegation. MBU’s Title IX Procedures also address the investigation, hearing, and resolution steps for formal and informal allegations. For allegations of sexual harassment that do not fall within the scope of Title IX, the University may still offer supportive measures to the target of such conduct and shall apply any other policy or procedure applicable to the alleged conduct.
Individuals with questions about the University’s Title IX policy and procedures, or who would like to make a report or file a formal allegation of sex discrimination or sexual harassment, should contact MBU’s Title IX Coordinator.
MBU’s Title IX Team:
Maranatha Baptist University
745 West Main
Watertown WI 53094
Campus Switchboard: (920) 261-9300
Title IX prohibits institutions from retaliating in any way against individuals who report sexual harassment or assaults in good faith. MBU will not impose any disciplinary, academic, or other penalties upon any individual for reporting or seeking to secure any right granted by Title IX. The law related to this issue provides:
§ 106.71 No recipient or other person may intimidate, threaten, coerce, or discriminate against any individual for the purpose of interfering with any right or privilege secured by Title IX, or because the individual has made a report or complaint, testified, assisted, or participated or refused to participate in any manner in an investigation, proceeding, or hearing under Title IX.
Intimidation, threats, coercion, or discrimination, including charges against an individual for code of conduct violations that do not involve sex discrimination or sexual harassment, but arise out of the same facts or circumstances as a report or complaint of sex discrimination, or a report or formal complaint of sexual harassment, for the purpose of interfering with any right or privilege secured by Title IX or this part, constitutes retaliation.
Title IX is a powerful tool to protect college students from unwanted sexual attention, harassment, and assault. But it is not the only protection available at Maranatha. The Biblical values that govern our actions and expectations provide the strongest motivation to treat every individual with the respect and dignity they deserve. The following additional protections may be relevant to incidents and interactions in this area:
In addition to the specific rights and resources discussed above, the MBU Student Life Office exists to support students in times of crisis and need. From the Deans, Dorm Supervisors, and other Student Life personnel are dedicated to being there for you should you find yourself in need of help. If you’re not sure where to turn, you can trust the Student Life Office to compassionately help you work through your options and support you through this trying time in your life. Every student should be safe to learn and achieve, and no student should ever be victimized by sexual harassment or assault. Every student has the right to equal access to education, and these policies provide new and meaningful protections for survivors of sexual harassment and assault while balancing the scales of justice on campus.