The University of Silicon Andhra (UofSA) seeks to promote an environment that is free of sexual misconduct, discrimination and retaliation. Sexual misconduct includes sexual violence, stalking, dating violence, domestic violence and gender-based harassment on campus or online. Throughout this policy, this prohibited conduct will be referred to generally as “misconduct.” The University seeks to educate students, faculty and staff about the issue of misconduct and to provide a clear path to resolution and correction of prohibited misconduct. The University reserves the right to respond with whatever measures it deems appropriate to prevent misconduct and preserve the safety and wellbeing of the University community.
The University is committed to compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Campus SaVE Act, and state and federal sexual discrimination laws. Title IX states “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any educational program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.” This Policy applies to all UofSA community members, including students, faculty, staff, administrators, consultants, vendors, and others engaged in business with the University. Every community member is responsible for complying with all University policies and procedures.
The University’s prohibition of Misconduct includes conduct occurring on campus or off campus, including online and electronic communication or other conduct, when the University determines it has a substantial interest and when the conduct is deemed harmful to the educational mission of the University. This includes attendance at University-related events and the use of electronic devices or technology to record or transmit sexually explicit information or photos. University policies and procedures apply to conduct that takes place once a person becomes a student or employee of the University, including periods during academic breaks and between semesters/academic terms. This Policy applies to and protects visitors to the University. Visitors may file a Complaint for alleged violation(s) of University policies and procedures committed by members of the University community. University community members may be held accountable for the conduct of their guests.
How to file a complaint
Persons (Students, Faculty or Staff) who believe they are victims of Misconduct may file a complaint or seek assistance with local police and with the University Title IX Coordinator, Deena Kondubhatla, firstname.lastname@example.org, 1-(844) 872-8680. Anonymous reports may also be made to San Francisco Women Against Rape Crisis Hotline* – 415-647-RAPE and the San Francisco District Attorney’s Victim/Witness Resources – 850 Bryant Street, Room 320, San Francisco, CA 94103 – 415-553-9044
The procedures outlined here for review of allegations of misconduct are separate from any criminal process or investigation. Because the requirements and standards for finding a violation of criminal law are different from the standards for finding a violation of this Policy, criminal investigations, reports or verdicts may be different from outcomes under this Policy. The University may share information and coordinate investigation efforts with law enforcement when necessary or appropriate.
Review of Complaints
All Complaints will be reviewed to determine whether the Complaint involves a Policy violation and whether an investigation is appropriate under the circumstances. This review will be performed by the Title IX Coordinator, in consultation with the Provost’s office as appropriate, depending upon the persons implicated by the Complaint. Even if an investigation is not undertaken, the University may engage in protective measures or corrective action.
The University will ensure that Complainants and Respondents receive the same information, support and protections throughout the Complaint Review Process. Both the Complainant and Respondent will be treated with sensitivity and respect during the entire Complaint Review Process. The investigation will be prompt and thorough with prompt notification in writing of the results of the investigation. Information related to the Complaint Review Process will be shared only with those individuals with a demonstrated need to know. Sanctions may include Disciplinary Warning; Disciplinary Probation; Employment Discipline; Suspension, Reduction or loss of Compensation; Termination; Suspension from the University, or Dismissal from the University.
The Complainant or Respondent must submit a written appeal request within ten (10) business days of receipt of communication of the decision. The appeal shall be submitted to the Title IX Coordinator and will be reviewed by the Academic Dean. If either the Complainant or Respondent submits an appeal request, the University will notify the other party of the appeal and the reason(s) cited. The non-appealing party may submit a written response within ten (10) business days of receiving Notice of the appeal.