The Law College is deeply committed to providing a learning and working environment free from violence, discrimination, and sexual harassment.
Students with Disabilities
The College of Law welcomes students with disabilities and actively seeks to provide assistance and to make reasonable accommodations for their disabilities. The University of Nebraska has a variety of programs that assure students with disabilities access to, and fair treatment in, employment and education. All of the College’s facilities are fully accessible to students with disabilities. The College works with the University Services for Students with Disabilities Office provide reasonable accommodations for qualified students.
What is Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972?
Title IX is a federal law that 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 education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”
The United States Department of Education (ED) maintains an Office for Civil Rights, with 12 enforcement offices throughout the nation and a headquarters office in Washington, D.C., to enforce Title IX.
The Law School’s Dean, Associate and Assistant Deans, faculty, and staff have a duty to identify and promptly report all acts of or complaints made on sexual harassment or discrimination to the Institutional Equity and Compliance Office.
What is Sexual Harassment?
Sexual Harassment is any unwanted verbal or physical behavior of a sexual nature, which interferes with one’s academic performance or work environment. It is the use of authority to emphasize the sexuality or sexual identity of an individual in a manner, which prevents the individual’s access to the educational benefits, or opportunities of UNL.
Key elements to remember:
- The offending behavior can be verbal, physical or visual;
- is unwanted;
- is sexual in nature, or based on gender;
- has either the purpose or effect of altering an individual’s access to their education or employment.
What laws protect me from sexual harassment on campus?
Furthermore, Chapter 5 of the University of Nebraska Board of Regents Policies states, “Students on each campus at the University of Nebraska shall be admitted and [shall] enjoy the programs and privileges of the University without regard to individual characteristics other than qualifications for admission, academic performance, and conduct in accord with University policies and rules and laws applicable to student conduct.”
In addition, all students at the College of Law are bound by the UNL Student Code of Conduct, which prohibits, among other things, “physical abuse, verbal abuse, threats, intimidation, harassment, coercion, and/or other conduct that threatens or unreasonably endangers the mental or physical health, safety or reputation of any person or oneself, including any such conduct achieved through means of social media or any other means of electronic communication,” and “sexual assault or any other uninvited behavior of a sexually explicit nature including but not limited to sexual harassment, dating or domestic violence, and stalking.” Conduct of this nature may also be prosecuted as a criminal offense.
Contact Institutional Equity and Compliance or speak with Assistant Dean for Student Affairs & Administration Marc Pearce.