Title IX Policy

Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) is a Catholic institution, sponsored by the Congregation of Divine Providence. The staff and faculty at Our Lady of the Lake University place a high commitment to the core values of community, integrity, trust, and service, and it is our policy to provide an educational experience and workplace free of sexual misconduct. Sexual misconduct includes, but is not limited to, sexual harassment, sexual violence, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking, as well as gender based discrimination. Sexual misconduct is not tolerated at OLLU, and we have a responsibility to to address sexual misconduct in accordance with several federal laws including, but not limited to, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Clery Act and the Campus Save Act.

University programs and activities that receive federal funding must comply with all federal and state laws. No individual shall be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity operated by the University. These programs and activities may include, but are not limited to admissions, recruitment, financial aid, academic programs, student services, counseling and guidance, discipline, classroom assignment, grading, vocational education, recreation, physical education, athletics, housing and student employment.

Our Lady of the Lake University not only complies with all state and federal statutes, regulations, executive orders, and federal government contracts/programs, but it has also instituted comprehensive education and primary prevention programs as well as grievance procedures which strive to ensure integrity and trust when complaints regarding sexual misconduct, including sexual violence, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking emerge.

We believe that all human beings are inherently sacred and deserve dignity and respect and every community member is expected to be respectful in all interactions as part of the learning experience.

Responsible Employees and Awareness of Another Person Being Harassed

A "responsible employee" is defined as someone who has the authority to take action to redress sexual violence;who has been given the duty of reporting incidents of sexual violence or any other misconduct by students to the Title IX Coordinator  or other appropriate school designee; or whom a students could reasonably believe has this authority or duty. At Our Lady of the Lake University, all employees are considered "responsible employees" with a duty to report incidents of sexual violence or any other misconduct by students to the Title IX Coordinator. In general, student employees are not considered responsible employees but are also encouraged to report incidents they learn about to achieve a safe and comfortable campus. However, Resident Assistants and Teaching Assistants are considered responsible employees even if their primary role on the campus is a student.

All members of the University community are also required to report other incidents of sexual misconduct, including harassment, retaliation or discrimination. The Title IX Coordinator will ask the reporting employee to fill out a form describing the nature of the incident or will assist the employee in ding so. After the report is filed, campus officials may require additional information to fulfill the University's obligations under Title IX or other laws such as the Clery Act. All incidents must be reported within 72 hours of learning of the event with full detail to the Title IX Coordinator. In the event that confidentiality is requested by the student complainant, the Title IX Coordinator will make a determination as to whether OLLU can provide a safe nondiscriminatory environment for its students while honoring the request.

Duty of Good Faith

Members of the University community have a duty of good faith when making a report of sexual misconduct.

Retaliation is Prohibited

Retaliation against a student of employee for bringing a complaint of sexual misconduct or participating in a sexual misconduct investigation is strictly prohibited.

Any employee or student who does so is in violation of this policy and will be subject to disciplinary action. It is unlawful and actionable to retaliate against an individual for the purpose of interfering with any right or privilege secured by federal or Texas law. OLLU is committed to the prevention of retaliation. When reports of retaliation are made, immediate and appropriate steps to investigate or otherwise determine what has occurred will be made. OLLU will also take measures to protect to complainant and witnesses and ensure their safety as necessary. OLLU students, staff and faculty will be informed on an annual basis that retaliation is prohibited and officials will not only take steps to prevent retaliation, but will also take strong responsive action if it occurs.