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August 27, 2020

K-State's Anti-Discrimination Policy: Potential Sanctions, Remedial Actions and Changes to Situations, Training, and Exclusivity

Submitted by Office of Institutional Equity

K-State's Policy Prohibiting Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Harassment, and Procedure for Reviewing Complaints" was revised on Aug. 14 and is published in chapter 3010 of the University's Policy and Procedures Manual, PPM 3010. The Office of Institutional Equity, or OIE — 103 Edwards Hall, 1810 Kerr Drive, 785-532-6220, TRS 711, equity@k-state.edu — is responsible for PPM 3010's administration and Scott Jones is the OIE director and Title IX coordinator.

This is the third in a series of five consecutive articles from OIE on various aspects of PPM 3010. Read the first and second announcements. 

Potential Sanctions, Remedial Actions, and Changes to Situations
Persons who violate this policy are subject to sanctions. Sanctions are determined on a case-by-case basis. They may include, among other appropriate sanctions, no contact orders, warnings, probation, educational and/or training requirements, notations on transcripts, exclusion from the campus, dismissal from employment, suspension or expulsion from the university, and any combination of the same.

Remedial actions may be taken to address the effects of a violation of this policy. Examples of remedial actions include, but are not limited to, reevaluation of a grade, an evaluation completed by someone other than the respondent, reconsideration of an application for employment, placement in a position, back pay and lost benefits, withdrawal of a disciplinary action, alteration of class schedule, or a change of housing.

With respect to alleged Title IX sexual harassment, the university offers to complainants and respondents reasonable and available changes (i.e. supportive measures) to academic, living, transportation and working situations if requested, regardless of whether a formal, written complaint is made to the university, a criminal complaint is made to police or whether the report otherwise falls outside this policy's jurisdiction. The Title IX coordinator is responsible for coordinating the implementation of supportive measures in cases of Title IX sexual harassment. In other cases, parties should communicate with the Office of Institutional Equity, their supervisors, or the Office of Student Life regarding available resources. Certain changes may not be available unless a violation of this policy is found.

Training and Education
The university will provide training and educational programming to promote the awareness of rape, acquaintance rape, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking to incoming students and new employees, as well as ongoing campuswide prevention and awareness campaigns regarding sexual violence and other anti-discrimination topics.

This policy provides the university's exclusive means of review of allegations of discrimination, harassment (including sexual harassment and sexual violence), domestic and dating violence, retaliation, and stalking. The policy shall supersede any other university policies or procedures that conflict with it; however, nothing herein prevents the university from taking appropriate risk management measures based on a person's conduct including, but not limited to, measures under PPM 3015.