Sexual Misconduct Policy

Sexual Misconduct Policy - Procedural Steps

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The University of Miami is committed to fostering an environment in which its students, faculty and staff are free from sexual misconduct (which includes sex-based discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual violence, relationship violence, and stalking) and other illegal discriminatory practices.  These behaviors impede learning, living, and working conditions and, therefore, are not tolerated. 

The University has developed policies and procedures to ensure the safety and well-being of all members of the University community in compliance with applicable laws, including the following:

  • Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”) is a federal law that prohibits employers from discriminating against employees on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, and religion. It generally applies to employers with 15 or more employees, including federal, state, and local governments. Title VII also applies to private and public colleges and universities, employment agencies, and labor organizations.
  • Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”) is a federal law that protects students, employees, applicants for admission and employment, and other persons (collectively, “Covered Persons”) from all forms of sex discrimination, including discrimination based on gender identity or failure to conform to stereotypical notions of masculinity or femininity. Covered Persons at educational institutions are protected by Title IX—regardless of their sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, part- or full-time status, disability, race, or national origin—in all aspects of the institution’s educational programs and activities. Prohibited sex discrimination under Title IX also includes discriminating against or excluding any student from its education program or activity, including any class or extracurricular activity on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth, false pregnancy, termination of pregnancy, or recovery therefrom.

The University's Sexual Misconduct Policy applies to all members of the University community, including students, faculty, staff, and visitors. The procedures for investigation and adjudication of complaints is determined by the status of the individual who is alleged to have engaged in sexual misconduct ("Respondent"). 

The current University policy and procedures regarding prohibited sex- or gender-based discrimination under Title VII and Title IX may be accessed using the links below. To the extent that a document conflicts with the information on this website, the information on this website shall control.

The purpose of this Sexual Misconduct Policy is to provide a single document for students, employees, faculty and others affected by sexual misconduct to access information regarding: the University’s rules and procedures and available University and community resources. No employee is authorized to investigate or resolve sexual misconduct complaints without the involvement of the Title IX Coordinator.
Disciplinary Procedures for Reported Incidents of Gender Discrimination, Sexual Violence or Sexual Harassment by undergraduate, graduate or law students are in the Student Rights and Responsibilities Handbook.

Reported incidents of discrimination, harassment, or retaliation by medical students are addressed in accordance with the procedures in the School of Medicine Student Rights and Responsibilities Handbook.

It's on Us is a national campaign to end to sexual misconduct on college campuses. On the It's On Us site, you can learn more about the steps the university is taking to prevent, stop, and address sexual misconduct on our campus. You can also access information about options and resources available to individuals who have experienced sexual misconduct or gender discrimination.

Procedures regarding sexual harassment and other sexual misconduct by staff (i.e., non-faculty employees) of the University are in the Human Resources Policy on Sexual Harassment.
Procedures of the Committee on Professional Conduct (CPC) regarding sexual harassment and other sexual misconduct by University faculty members are described in the Faculty Manual.