Preventing Sexual Misconduct

Marquette University strives to provide an educational environment which reflects its Catholic, Jesuit mission and heritage and which preserves the safety and dignity of each member of its community. The university prohibits all forms of sexual violence, coercion, intimidation and harassment. The university does not permit any form of sexual misconduct, including, but not limited to, sexual assault and interpersonal violence. This policy has dual purposes. It serves as a measure for the university to determine, after the fact, if behaviors trespass on community values. It also should serve to prevent sexual misconduct by providing a guide to the university’s expectations relative to sexual responsibility and sexual respect within the Marquette community.

When an allegation of sexual misconduct is reported to the university and a violation of this policy is found, the university will take prompt corrective action and impose appropriate sanctions so that the learning and employment opportunities of students, employees and faculty members are not further affected by sexual misconduct. The university complies with federal, state and local laws, including the reporting of all crimes to law enforcement authorities.

Marquette University further recognizes the importance of responding to victims of sexual assault by providing access to services and resources in the areas of advocacy, medical care, legal/conduct concerns and counseling/emotional support. Care for and consideration of the victim’s wishes and needs will be used to guide Marquette’s response throughout the process.

The Marquette University Code of Student Conduct and Employee Rules of Conduct prohibit all forms of sexual violence, coercion, or harassment against individuals, whether perpetrated by a stranger or acquaintance, whether occurring on or off campus, and whether directed against a member of the Marquette University community or someone outside the university community. Prohibited conduct ranges from acts clearly identifiable as sexual assault to sexual misconduct that includes such acts as stalking, voyeurism, exposure, sexually harassing communication and sexual activity in a context of emotional coercion. Where there is reasonable cause to believe that a student member of the university community has violated the Marquette University Code of Student Conduct, the university will take action in accordance with the policies and procedures outlined in the Student Handbook. Where there is reasonable cause to believe that a university employee or faculty member has violated the Employee Rules of Conduct, the university will take action in accordance with the policies and procedures outlined in the Employee Handbook. University action may be taken whether or not criminal charges are filed and without regard to whether the conduct occurred on or off the Marquette University campus.

Any member of the university community found responsible for violating the sexual misconduct policy is subject to action up to and including dismissal from Marquette University. The standard used to determine accountability is a preponderance of the evidence, in other words, whether it is “more likely than not” that the respondent has violated the policy.

Marquette has an online training program and policy to educate employees on the legal requirements pertaining to sexual harassment incidents in the workplace. Promoting an environment free from harassment is one way to demonstrate Marquette University's commitment to providing a respectful work environment. The online tutorial enables you to train yourself in a practical, convenient way.

As members of the Marquette community, we all share in the responsibility to create a harassment-free work environment. The online training is a required program for all faculty and staff, and involves periodic and ongoing participation.