Sexual Harassment and Unwanted Sexual Contact Policies and Process

University Discrimination Statement

Concordia University (CU) fully subscribes to all federal and state civil rights laws banning discrimination in private, church affiliated institutions of higher education, subject to the First Amendment.  CU will not illegally discriminate against any employee, applicant for employment, student or applicant on the basis of race, color, sex, pregnancy, national origin (including ancestry), citizenship status, physical or mental disability, age, marital status, gender, veteran or military status, predisposing genetic characteristics, domestic violence victim status, or any other protected category under applicable local, state or federal law.  However, CU is a Christian educational institution operated by The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod and, in compliance with Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, reserves the right to give preference in employment based on religion.

Gender discrimination and sexual harassment (including sexual assault) are prohibited by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as amended and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.

What is Title IX?

Title IX is a federal law that protects people from sex discrimination in educational programs and activities at colleges and universities that receive federal financial assistance.  Sexual harassment, including sexual violence, and retaliation are forms of discrimination prohibited by Title IX. The law reads, in part, as follows:

No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under any educational program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.

(Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 to the 1964 Civil Rights Act)

What constitutes sexual harassing behavior?

Sexual harassment is unwelcomed, gender-based verbal or physical behavior that is objectively offensive and is severe, persistent, or pervasive.  The effect of harassment creates a hostile environment and/or interferes with, denies, or limits a person’s ability to benefit from Concordia’s educational programs and/or activities.

What is H1A (Honor One Another)?

In Romans 10:12 (NIV) the apostle Paul writes “Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.” To achieve this goal, we must have a community that honors one another and is free from all forms of harassment and discrimination. We strive to create a community that builds one another up rather than tears one another down. To that end our “Honor One Another” (H1A) educational program calls out our entire campus community to live out Romans 12:10.