Conduct, Policy, Law

Case Western Reserve University has a set of broad policies on sexual conduct that cover sexual assault, sexual harassment, consensual relationships, and drug and alcohol use. Any member of the university community who violates one of these policies or is the victim of someone who violates them is free to pursue both the internal university process and a variety of external processes, such as filing a police report, hiring a lawyer, and contacting appropriate public agencies.

Those who can't afford private legal advice should know that the Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Ohio Civil Rights Commission mediate, investigate, and litigate a variety of civil rights violations, including sexual harassment and discrimination on the basis of sex. There is no cost for filing a charge at either of these agencies.

While sexual orientation is included in Case Western Reserve University's nondiscriminatory policy, members of the campus community should know that there is no state or federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.