Title IX Online Harassment Guidelines

By Caitlin T. Burns | March 25, 2020
With classes and other academic programs having been moved online, the Office of the Title IX Coordinator wanted to remind you that maintaining a learning and working environment free from sexual and gender-based discrimination and harassment remains a top priority. You should be aware of the following three points:

The Office of the Title IX Coordinator remains open and functioning remotely at this time. Anyone who has been impacted by sexual or gender-based discrimination or harassment is encouraged to make a report by email to the Title IX Coordinator, Nora Nelle, at nellen@arcadia.edu, or by calling 215-517-2659. Any investigations or adjudications will be conducted remotely, and the University will continue to address concerns about sexual harassment, sexual violence, intimate partner violence, stalking, retaliation, or other discriminatory or harassing behaviors promptly.

The University Policy Prohibiting Sexual Misconduct, Relationship Violence, and Stalking applies to behaviors that occur in-person, but also to online and virtual misconduct. Any behavior that is prohibited by the Policy is also likely prohibited in cyber-forms, including cyber-harassment, cyber-bullying that is sex-based, and cyber-stalking. Members of the community are expected to maintain a tone of respect in online classes just as they would if they were in class physically.

Faculty and staff who are mandated reporters are reminded that reporting of alleged sexual misconduct is expected promptly upon becoming aware of any such incidents or allegations involving members of the campus community, regardless of how they learn of the potential misconduct, whether in person, in writing, or online.

As a reminder, information on the University’s relevant policies and procedures can be found here (policy prohibiting sexual misconduct) and here (procedures resolution complaints).

Please feel free to contact Nore Nelle at nellen@arcadia.edu with any questions or concerns.