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MEMORANDUM

December 5, 2017

TO: AU Community
FROM: Fanta Aw, Vice President of Campus Life; Scott A. Bass, Provost; Doug Kudravetz, CFO, Vice President and Treasurer
SUBJECT: Sexual Harassment Policy, Prevention, Reporting, and Resources


Recent events across our nation have heightened awareness of the harm done when individuals engage in unwelcome sexual advances, verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature, request sexual favors, or create a hostile environment in the workplace or educational settings. These events provide a timely opportunity to remind all members of our community about the university's policy, training, reporting, and other resources we provide to prevent sexual harassment and create a safe and respectful workplace and educational environment.

Policy

The university administration continually reviews our Discrimination and Sexual Harassment Policy so that AU is responsive to changes in the law and reflects best practices in addressing complaints. The policy outlines the expectation that everyone in the AU community has a responsibility to create an environment free of harassment. If you wish to share thoughts about the policy, AU's Title IX Office welcomes your input at titleix@american.edu.

Education and Training

AU educates students, faculty, and staff about their responsibilities to create an inclusive, safe, and respectful climate. Students receive education about Title IX (the federal law that prohibits gender-based discrimination) during orientation. Faculty and staff complete online training focused on their rights and responsibilities under Title IX and the Clery Act. The university's goal is to ensure that every employee has completed this training, and the provost and vice presidents are responsible for tracking compliance within their divisions. In addition, the Office of Human Resources has created a new brochure, which will provide brief reminders based on the law and our training resources. Look out for that next week. If you have questions about your responsibilities or educational resources, please ask your supervisor or department head.

Reporting

The university's Title IX officer and deputy Title IX officers are responsible for receiving and responding to complaints about faculty, staff, and students who have engaged in activities that might violate the policy. Those found responsible for violations are subject to disciplinary action.

If you would like to make a report, please use this simple form, which will be routed to the appropriate Title IX officer. Alternatively, contact the official directly:

American University Title IX Officers

  • Title IX Program Officer
  • This resource is for all members of the campus community, including students, faculty and staff. If you are unsure which deputy to contact, we recommend you start here.
  • Regina Curran
    titleix@american.edu
    (202) 885-3373
    Title IX Office
    Office of Campus Life
    Butler Pavilion 4th Floor
    Monday - Friday from 9am-5pm
  • Deputy Title IX Program Officer for Washington College of Law Matters
  • To file a complaint against a student, faculty, or staff member in WCL:
  • David Jaffe
    djaffe@wcl.american.edu
    (202) 274-4052
    Associate Dean of Student Affairs
    Washington College of Law
    Capital 107
    Monday - Wednesday 9am-6pm and Thursday - Friday 9am-5pm


In Conclusion

AU is committed to creating an environment free of sexual harassment so that all community members may live, work, and study in a positive environment free from harassment. Thank you for doing your part. If you have any questions, please contact Regina Curran at titleix@american.edu.