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Sexual Harassment and Sexual Misconduct

You can find the complete text of these policies on the Fuller website at https://www.fuller.edu/about/mission-and-values/community-standards6/. For procedures for dealing with allegations of sexual harassment and sexual misconduct, see the Complaint Resolution Procedures section of this Handbook. See also Fuller’s Title IX webpage.

Title IX

“No person in the United States, shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance . . .” Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and its implementing regulation at 34 C.F.R. Part 106 (Title IX).

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX) prohibits discrimination based on gender in educational programs that receive federal financial assistance. Programs and activities that may be included are admissions, recruitment, financial aid, academic programs, athletics, housing, and employment. Title IX also protects men and women from unlawful sexual harassment in school programs and activities. Under Title IX, discrimination on the basis of sex can include sexual discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual violence, such as rape, sexual assault, and sexual exploitation.

Sexual misconduct can be committed by men or women and it can occur between people of the same or different sex. The Seminary considers sexual misconduct in any form to be a serious violation of the Christ-like conduct expected from all members of its community. This policy applies to any on-campus conduct and any off-campus conduct that affects the learning experience of students or the campus climate.


Fear of retaliation should not hinder the reporting of an incident of sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, or unlawful discrimination. The seminary strictly prohibits retaliation against a member of the Fuller community who opposes the practices prohibited by these policies against sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, and unlawful discrimination, who brings forth a complaint, against whom a complaint is brought, or who otherwise is a participant in a complaint resolution process. Fuller’s Policy Against Retaliation applies to all members of the seminary community, including students, faculty, administrators/managers, staff-level employees, and trustees.

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