The Title IX Office’s mission is to empower and support the Norwich community in advancing a climate of gender equity and inclusion through educating all campus community members on how to prevent, identify, and report sexual and gender-based misconduct, providing those affected by such misconduct with supportive services and resolution options, conducting fair and equitable investigations, and using evidence-based and community-informed prevention efforts.
It’s up to each of us to create a healthy campus free of sex based discrimination. This website provides tools and resources that can help us ensure a safe and respectful campus.
Norwich University is committed to creating and maintaining a community in which all persons who participate in university programs and activities can work and/or learn together in an atmosphere free of sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking, and discrimination.
The university does not tolerate such forms of misconduct. It is the intention of the university to take prompt and equitable action to prevent the recurrence of behaviors that violate this policy. Norwich also prohibits retaliation against any person opposing sexual or gender-based misconduct or participating in any sexual and gender-based discrimination investigation or complaint process internal or external to the institution. Sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating and domestic violence, and stalking are forms of sex discrimination, which are prohibited under Title IX and by Norwich policy. Any person may report sex discrimination (whether or not the person reporting is the person alleged to have experienced the conduct), in person, by mail, by telephone, by video, or by email, using the contact information listed for the Title IX Coordinator (below) or via the reporting form. A report may be made at any time (including during non-business hours).
Title IX Coordinator:
Q: What is sexual and gender-based misconduct?
A: Sexual and gender-based misconduct can include sexual assault, sexual exploitation, sexual or gender-based harassment, sex and/or gender-based stalking, intimate partner violence and sex and gender-based discrimination.
Behavior that creates a hostile environment or affects someone’s employment, academic standing or participation in university programs could be considered sexual or gender-based misconduct.
Q: If I encounter this misconduct, what are my options for reporting it?
A: If/when you are ready to report an incident, you can report to confidential and nonconfidential resources. To make informed choices, all parties should be aware of confidentiality and privacy issues and Norwich University’s mandatory reporting requirements.
Non-confidential resources are all faculty or staff members, including residential life staff who are not confidential medical or counseling professionals, religious professionals acting in that capacity through the Chaplain’s Office, or trained sexual assault advocates, and who are therefore not permitted to honor requests for confidentiality. Non-confidential faculty or staff who learn of an incident of sexual misconduct, domestic and/or dating violence, stalking or related retaliation involving a student or employee are required to report that information to the Title IX Coordinator, and they are “responsible employees” to this extent.
A confidential resource is an individual who is legally and ethically bound to keep confidential all information shared with them in the course of providing counsel and support, except under the circumstances noted below. In general, the law recognizes and protects the confidentiality of communications between a person seeking care and a medical or mental health professional, religious advisor or trained sexual assault advocate. The medical, mental health, and religious professionals (i.e., individuals acting in their religious professional capacity through the Chaplain’s Office) at Norwich, respect and protect confidential communications from students, faculty, and staff to the extent they are legally able to do so. These professionals may have to breach a confidence, however, when they perceive a serious risk of danger or threat to any person or property. In addition, medical and mental health professionals may be required by law to report certain crimes (e.g., allegations of sexual and/or physical abuse of a person under 18).