Title IX

Mar. 16, 2017 Community Update

A Note from President Burger on a Request for Information from the Office for Civil Rights

To the Southwestern community:

Yesterday the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the U.S. Department of Education asked Southwestern to provide some information regarding a sexual misconduct case and its policies for handling sexual misconduct allegations as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.  The University is cooperating fully and is actively working to gather all requested materials in a timely manner. 

Southwestern University is steadfast in its commitment to equal opportunity and non-discrimination. As stated in Southwestern’s Student Sexual Misconduct Policy:

“Southwestern University affirms the rights of its students to live, work, and learn in an atmosphere of mutual respect, free from the threat of sexual misconduct.  Accordingly, any form of sexual misconduct will not be tolerated.  Southwestern University values the rights and dignity of all members of its community.”

Southwestern is committed to a safe campus community. We believe that OCR will recognize that commitment, and if OCR suggests changes to improve still further, those changes will, of course, be implemented.

Although Southwestern does not disclose the specifics of this or any case, we always encourage and value ongoing conversations about our campus climate, and preventing and responding to sexual misconduct. 

Sincerely yours,

Edward Burger

Posted March 16, 2017