Wayland Baptist Theological Seminary (WBTS) is committed to creating and maintaining a learning and working environment that is free from unlawful discrimination based on sex in accordance with Title IX of the Higher Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX), which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs or activities; Title VII of the Civil Rights act of 1964 (Title VII), which prohibits sex discrimination in employment; and the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act, Clery Act, and the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Sexual Harassment and Retaliation under this Policy will not be tolerated by WBTS and is grounds for disciplinary action, up to and including, permanent dismissal from WBTS and/or termination of employment.
WBTS, and its Board of Regents is committed to practice equal opportunity for faculty, employees and students without regard to an individual’s race, color, national origin, marital status, sex, disability, or age in application of any policy, practice, rule, or regulation.
“In compliance with federal law, including the Provision of Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973,and American for Disabilities Act of 1990, Wayland Baptist Theological Seminary does not illegally discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, sex, color, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, or military service in the administration of educational policies, programs, or activities, its admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, or other Seminary administered programs, or employment. The seminary uphold the biblical witness of sacred scripture, that all people are created in the image-likeness of God, and further does not discriminate on the basis of religion, except to the extent that applicable law respects its right to act in furtherance of its religious objective. Questions regarding Wayland Baptist Theological Seminary’s non-discrimination policy and its compliance with Title IX regulations may be directed to Allison M. Shade, Title IX Coordinator: Post Office Box 33695, Charlotte, NC 28233; email@example.com.”
Wayland Baptist Theological Seminary is committed to a learning, working, and social community in which students, faculty, and administrative staff are free from harassment. We see such a policy to be an expression of our belief in the dignity of human beings made in the image of God, and their right to be treated accordingly. Any incidents of harassment will be regarded extremely seriously and can be grounds for disciplinary action which may include dismissal or expulsion.
Harassment of any individual for any reason is not acceptable at WBTS. Harassment that may arise in situations unique to a given interpersonal relationship or in actions rooted in an attitude toward a group—including age, color, disability, national origin, sex, gender identity, race, religion, class, institutional status, or sexual orientation—is expressly forbidden.
Harassment must be distinguished from behavior that, even though unpleasant or disconcerting, is appropriate to the carrying out of certain instructional, advisory, or supervisory responsibilities.
Harassment may take two forms: (1) the unwelcome verbal or physical conduct interferes significantly with an individual’s work or education, and (2) the use a position of authority to engage in unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors. Both these forms are forbidden in the Seminary workplace and class room.
The conduct alleged to constitute harassment under this Policy shall be evaluated from the perspective of a reasonable person similarly situated to the complainant and in consideration of the context of the behavior.
This Harassment Policy shall be applied in a manner that protects the academic freedom of all parties to a complaint, including the civil expressions of ideas.
In the event that an incident involves alleged misconduct by the Title IX Coordinator, reports should be made directly to the Director of Human Resources.
Individuals experiencing harassment or discrimination also always have the right to file a formal grievance with government authorities:
OFFICE FOR CIVIL RIGHTS (OCR)
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
400 MARYLAND AVENUE, SW
WASHINGTON, DC 20202-1475
TELEPHONE: (202) 453-6020
TITLE IX TRAINING
Regulations promulgated by the U.S. Department of Education under 34 CFR Part 106.45(b)(10) provide that materials used to train Title IX Coordinators, investigators, decision-makers, and any person who facilitates an informal resolution process be, and hereby are, posted or linked on the seminary’s website for public access. The following materials have been used by the seminary for Title IX training purposes:
Association of Title IX Administrators Training Resources
Hearing Officer and Decision-Maker Certification Course Materials
Posting for Review – Higher Ed. – Title IX Investigator – Level 1
Posting for Review – Higher Ed. – Title IX Appellate Decision Maker
Posting for Review – Higher Ed. – Title IX Informal Resolution
Posting for Review – Higher Ed. – Title IX Coordinator
Posting for Review – Higher Ed. – Title IX 101
Posting for Review – Higher Ed. – Title IX Decision Maker – Level 1
Posting for Review – Higher Ed. – Title IX Advisor
Posting for Review – 2022 Higher Ed Coordinator Bootcamp
Posting for Review – Higher Ed. – Investigator Level 1 – Two Day