Sexual Misconduct Policy

The purpose of this Policy is to maintain an environment that is free from the physical and emotional threat of sexual misconduct, including sexual harassment, sexual assault, and other forms of sexual violence. The College of Saint Benedict (CSB) and Saint John's University (SJU) will not tolerate sexual misconduct in any form.

CSB and SJU are committed to compliance with all applicable anti-discrimination laws and do not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, familial status, status with regard to public assistance, or other legally protected category or characteristic, in their programs and activities. Harassment based upon an individual's legally protected status is a form of prohibited discrimination.

In accordance with Title IX, this Policy addresses the institutions' prohibition of sexual misconduct, including sexual harassment, sexual assault, and other forms of sexual violence. Sexual harassment, sexual assault, and all other forms of sexual misconduct are forms of sex discrimination. Not only are they prohibited by this Policy, but they are also prohibited by various federal and state laws, including Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 and the Minnesota Human Rights Act. Allegations of sex discrimination that do not involve sexual misconduct will be handled in accordance with the Human Rights Policy.

As institutions which espouse Catholic and Benedictine values, every community member's awareness of and respect for the rights and human dignity of all persons undergirds community life. These values demand that we strive to create an environment where the sacredness of each person is honored. Sexual assault, sexual harassment, and other sexual misconduct violate the sacredness of the person, weaken the health of the community, and are antithetical to the missions of our institutions.

The College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University will investigate and promptly seek the equitable resolution of all allegations of sexual misconduct, take steps to prevent the recurrence of sexual misconduct, and to correct its effects on victims and others.