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The University of Miami is committed to maintaining a safe and secure work and academic environment free of any form of sexual misconduct including domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, and sexual harassment. A violation of the Violence Against Women’s Act shall constitute grounds for disciplinary action, up to and including, dismissal from the University.
Title IX of the Education Amendment's of 1972, prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, including sexual harassment and violence, in education programs and activities. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 states:
- All public and private education institutions that receive any federal financial assistance must comply with Title IX.
- Programs and activities that receive such funds must operate in a nondiscriminatory manner.
- Programs and activities may include, but are not limited to: admissions, recruitment, financial aid, academic programs, student treatment and services, counseling and guidance, discipline, classroom assignment, grading, vocational education, recreation, physical education, athletics, housing, and employment.
- A recipient may not retaliate against any person because he or she opposed an unlawful educational practice or policy, or made charges, testified or participated in any complaint action under Title IX.
- Title IX protects individuals from sexual harassment by any University of Miami students, faculty, staff, or a non-employee third party.