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Butler University's Notice of Non-Discrimination

Butler University (the “University”) affirms its commitment to promote the goals of fairness and equity in all aspects of the educational enterprise.  All policies below are subject to resolution using the University’s Policies, as detailed below.  The Policy on Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, Sexual Misconduct and Domestic Violence and the Non-Discrimination Policy (not including gender-based discrimination) are applicable regardless of the status of the complainant, who may be a member or non-member of the campus community, student, student organization, faculty, administrator and/or staff. 

The University Title IX Coordinator and oversees the implementation of the University’s Policy on Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, Sexual Misconduct and Domestic Violence. Additionally, other individuals support the Title IX Coordinator in implementing procedures under this policy as “Title IX Deputy Coordinators.”  Throughout this policy, if the Title IX Coordinator is referenced, it should be assumed that the “Title IX Coordinator” includes the Title IX Deputy Coordinators.  Inquiries or complaints concerning the application of Title IX may be referred to the University’s Title IX Coordinator at titleix@butler.edu and/or the United States Department of Education. 

Reports of sex discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, and domestic violence and/or retaliation should be made to the Title IX Coordinator within a reasonable time to permit the University to conduct a thorough investigation.  There is a nine month limit from time of occurance of the incident for a student to file a complaint, the law may impose certain time limitations on faculty and staff if private legal action is being pursued.  Note, however, that the institution’s response may be more limited if the accused individual was a guest or is no longer subject to the University’s jurisdiction. 

This policy applies to behaviors that take place on the campus, at university-sponsored events and may also apply off-campus and to actions online when the Title IX Coordinator determines that the off-campus conduct affects the University environment in a substantial way. The University environment may be affected in ways such as, but not limited to:

  1. Any action that constitutes criminal offense as defined by federal or Indiana Code. This includes, but is not limited to, single or repeat violations of any state or federal law;
  2. Any situation where it appears that the accused individual may present a danger or threat to the health or safety and well-being of the campus community;
  3. Any situation that significantly impinges upon the rights, property or achievements of self or others or significantly breaches the peace and/or causes social disorder or prevents a student, faculty or staff member from meaningful participation in the activities on campus;
  4. Any situation that is detrimental to the educational interests of the University; and
  5. Any online postings or other electronic communication, including cyber-bullying, cyberstalking, cyber-harassment, etc. occurring completely outside of the University control (e.g. not on University networks, websites or between University email accounts) will only be subject to this policy when those online behaviors can be shown to cause a substantial on-campus disruption.  Otherwise, such communications are considered speech protected by the First Amendment.

The University adheres to all federal, state and local civil rights laws banning discrimination in private institutions of higher education.  The University will not discriminate against any employee, applicant for employment, student or applicant for admission on the basis of race, color, sex, pregnancy, religion, creed, ethnicity, national origin (including ancestry), citizenship status, physical or mental disability, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, veteran or military status (including special disabled veteran, Vietnam-era veteran, or recently separated veteran), predisposing genetic characteristics, domestic violence victim status or any other protected category under applicable local, state or federal law, including protections for those opposing discrimination or participating in any complaint process on campus or within the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or other human rights agencies. 

This policy covers nondiscrimination in employment and in access to educational opportunities.  Therefore, any member of the campus community, who acts to deny, deprive or limit the educational, employment, residential and/or social access, benefits and/or opportunities of any member of the campus community on the basis of their actual or perceived membership in the protected classes listed above is in violation of the University policy on nondiscrimination.  When brought to the attention of the University any such discrimination will be appropriately remedied according to the procedures below.