University Expands Equity Policy

University Expands Equity Policy

The University has updated its policy prohibiting discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct, and retaliation to include the process for reporting both Title IX matters and non-sexual discrimination, such as racial or sexual orientation-based. Approved by the Board of Trustees on Aug. 20, the specific guidelines for reporting and investigating equity-based complaints is new.

The Director of Equity and Title IX coordinator, Erica Moorer, will continue to lead investigations and adjudications. The anti-discrimination policy applies to all classes protected by law, including race, gender identity, disability/citizenship status, and religion.

California’s workplace protections are more extensive than those afforded by federal law, though sexual orientation and gender identity are universally protected classes since the Supreme Court’s decision in June.

“Everyone should be able to work and go to school in a safe and inclusive environment,” Moorer said in the Bulldog Blog’s announcement.

Over the past three years, Erica has demonstrated her abilities to oversee investigations, draft and implement procedures, ensure sound adjudication processes, facilitate training, and stay aligned with best practices—all skills relevant to her new responsibilities,” the announcement read.

Redlands’ Title IX policy is now updated with the recent changes required by law. The policy contains updated definitions of sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, stalking, and sexual discrimination. It also includes changes to the appeals process.

For instance, discrimination is an adverse action or decision based on a real or perceived characteristic protected by law. Dating violence is defined as an individual’s violence against a victim with whom (s)he’s been in a “romantic or intimate” relationship.

Stalking receives a less specific definition, applying to conduct towards an individual “that would cause a reasonable person” to suffer “substantial emotional distress.” The policy gives the example of “willfully, maliciously, or repeatedly following or harassing a person,” even if harm is not intended.

Educational and procedural resources about the Office of Equity and Title IX can be found here.