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Sexual Misconduct Policy


The university, in compliance with the spirit of various federal and state laws (e.g., Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other similar state and federal statues or regulations, including the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act and the Violence Against Women Act of 1994), is committed to adopting a policy and fostering an environment where no individual may threaten the health, safety, and welfare of a member of the university community, including any person on university property or at a university-sponsored or -supervised activity, through the commission of an act of sexual misconduct.

This policy and the accompanying implementing procedures are subject to change. The information contained here on the Title IX are the most up-to-date and controlling version, and overrides any previously published version in print or online. 

If you have experienced sexual violence, you have several rights and options available to you. You can contact the Title IX Coordinator for more information, or view a printable pdf brochure about your rights. 

For the purposes of communicating this policy and procedure, the word “victim” is used to refer to a person who has experienced sexual violence or related criminal or other misconduct. A person who has experienced sexual violence has the right to define themselves as a victim, survivor, or other identifier that best describes their experience. Once a victim reports an act of sexual violence or sexual misconduct, he/she/they are referred to as a reporting party in this policy. In addition, since this NSU policy addresses a spectrum of behaviors prohibited by the university—ranging from unwanted verbal comments to violent acts—the umbrella term of “sexual misconduct” is used. Use of this term is not intended to diminish a victim’s experience; rather, it is to ensure that the university community has common language to promote mutual understanding, implementation, and enforcement of this campus policy.

Given the importance of preventing and responding appropriately to sexual misconduct, NSU has dedicated two full-time professionals to coordinate these efforts. They are:

Laura Bennett, Title IX Coordinator
Tel: (954) 262-7858

Desmond Daniels, Title IX Investigator/Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Tel: (954) 262-7863

NSU is committed to providing access to Title IX-related resources, both to students and employees. As a result, the Title IX Coordinator and her deputy operate out of the following offices:

NSU Main Campus
Rosenthal Building, Room 113
3301 College Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33314-7796

East Campus
Office of Human Resources, Room 238
3100 SW 9th Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33315-3025

Incidents may be reported online using a secure reporting form. All incident reports are reviewed by the Title IX Coordinator no later than the next business day. 

Policy Coverage

For purposes of this policy, sexual misconduct encompasses a range of behaviors that create a hostile environment, including acts of dating violence, sex-based discrimination, domestic violence, intimidation, retaliation, sexual assault (including acquaintance rape), sexual exploitation, sex-based stalking and sexual harassment. Individuals and entities may be subject to the procedures outlined in this policy for attempting or completing acts, as well as facilitating others’ engagement in them.

The purpose and scope of this Sexual Misconduct policy is to clearly define the university’s position on and prohibition against any acts of sexual misconduct and to inform the university community of the reporting options and programs available for those who experience sexual misconduct. In addition, this policy discusses the educational programs available to the university community on awareness, prevention, and bystander intervention. This policy also addresses the procedures that the university will follow in the event a student or employee falls victim to or witnesses an act of sexual misconduct.

This policy applies to all students, employees, visitors, and others in the campus community, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, when misconduct is reported to have occurred:

  1. On campus; or
  2. Off campus, if:
    1. In connection with a university or university-recognized program or activity; or
    2. In a manner that may pose an obvious and serious threat of harm to, or that may have the effect of creating a hostile educational environment for, any member(s) of the university community.

This includes, but may not be limited to, the NSU Fort Lauderdale/Davie Campus and all other campuses,residence halls, and academic buildings; NSU University School; any NSU-recognized program; any clinical or other learning site; and online educational courses sponsored by NSU.

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