Title IX Policy, Procedure and Resources
Dallas Baptist University is committed to providing a safe environment for its students, faculty, staff, and visitors. As a part of this commitment, DBU takes very serious established University procedures regarding sexual assault and prevention.
Our Title IX Coordinator, Molly Taylor, is responsible for implementing these policies across the campus, and along with DBU’s ACTS (Advocates for Campus Trust and Safety) Committee, investigates any complaints of sexual assault or discrimination.
Below you will find information related to these policies, as well as contact information and procedures for what to do in the event of an instance of sexual assault or discrimination.
Formal reports of sexual misconduct may be made to the Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Title IX Coordinator via email, phone, or in person at the contact information below:
Title IX Coordinator
Office: Global Missions 2nd Floor
Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Students
Office: Crowley Residence Life Office
Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Employees
Office: Mahler 2nd Floor
The vision of Dallas Baptist University is to build a great Christian university that is pleasing to God by producing Christ-centered servant leaders who are transforming the world.
With that vision in mind, it is vitally important to DBU to promote righteous living in all areas of life, including in the area of human sexuality. DBU is guided by the understanding that human sexuality is a gift from God and that the purpose of this gift includes the procreation of human life and the uniting and strengthening of the marital bond in self-giving love between one man and one woman.
DBU bases its understanding on human sexuality on biblical principles outlined throughout the Old and New Testament along with the history of Christian church thought, teaching, and practice.
Faculty, staff, and students at Dallas Baptist University are expected to conduct themselves at all times in accordance with the highest standards of Christian morality. Toward this end, the University may subject to disciplinary action any faculty, staff, or student who engages in the following:
- Sexual activity with another person outside of a monogamous heterosexual marriage between one biological male and one biological female;
- Touching, caressing, and other physical conduct of a sexual nature that is inappropriate or contrary to DBU's Scriptural beliefs about human sexuality;
- Participation in advocacy groups and/or activities that are contrary to DBU's Scriptural beliefs about human sexuality;
- The possession or viewing of pornographic material; or
- Other expressions or actions that are discordant with DBU's Scriptural beliefs about human sexuality and gender;
The actions listed above violate the University’s commitment to sexual purity in line with its Scriptural beliefs about human sexuality. These types of violations are covered more fully in the Student Code of Conduct and Employee Handbook, which discuss the disciplinary procedures for such violations. While alleged violations of such institutional offenses would typically be handled under the processes found in the Student Code of Conduct or Employee Handbook, in highly sensitive or complex situations, the President, Vice President for Student Affairs, or Supervising Vice President can request that potential violations of these types of institutional offenses be adjudicated by DBU's Special Committee on Institutional Offenses, who will use similar investigation, hearing, and appeals procedures as those outlined in this policy.
In addition to those violations, there are certain types of violations that are so serious that they require more robust investigation and hearing procedures. This would include the following prohibited conduct:
- Sexual assault
- Sexual violence
- Sexual harassment
- Sexual discrimination
- Domestic or dating violence
- Sexual exploitation, or
- Other sexual misconduct outlined in the Definitions section of this policy.
Because of the gravity of these allegations, the prohibited conduct outlined in the preceding sentence will be governed by the more robust procedures outlined in this Sexual Misconduct Policy.
DBU has a high moral commitment to the worth and dignity of all individuals. Members of the University community, guests, and visitors have the right to be free from all forms of sexual misconduct. All members of the campus community are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that does not infringe upon the rights of others. This Sexual Misconduct Policy is meant to promote a safe living and learning environment for all members of the campus community in accordance with DBU’s Scriptural beliefs about human sexuality and in compliance with state and federal laws including, but not limited to, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, and the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination (SaVE) Act.
This policy governs the conduct of Dallas Baptist University students, regardless of enrollment status; faculty; staff; and third parties (i.e., non-members of the DBU community, such as vendors, alumni, visitors, or local residents).
Third parties are both protected by and subject to this policy. A third party may report or file a complaint concerning a violation of this policy committed by a member of the DBU community. A third party may also be permanently barred from DBU or subject to other restrictions for failing to comply with this policy.
This policy applies to conduct that occurs on University property, and in certain circumstances, off University property (i.e., off campus). This policy applies to conduct that occurs off campus when the conduct is associated with a University-sponsored program or activity, such as travel, research, or internship programs; when it utilizes University owned or provided technology resources; or when such conduct may have a nexus to campus, such as a continuing adverse effect or creation of a hostile environment on campus.
Maintaining a safe living and learning environment is the responsibility of the entire campus community. Therefore, all faculty, adjunct faculty, and full-time/part-time staff members who are not Confidential Resources (as defined in Section 5 of this policy) must promptly report suspected sexual misconduct to the Title IX Coordinator. Likewise, student workers who learn of violations of this policy in the scope of their employment, including Resident Assistants, must promptly report alleged violations of this policy to the Title IX Coordinator. DBU strongly urges all other members of the DBU community, including students and visitors, to promptly report any allegation of sexual misconduct to the Title IX Coordinator.
This policy prohibits any attempt to seek retribution against an individual or group of individuals involved in filing a complaint or report under this policy, filing an external complaint, participating in a disciplinary process, or opposing in a reasonable manner an action believed to constitute a violation of this policy.
For purposes of this policy, the following sexual misconduct is considered to be prohibited conduct: 1) Sexual Assault; 2) Sexual Violence; 3) Sexual Harassment; 4) Sexual Discrimination; 5) Domestic or Dating Violence; 6) Stalking; 7) Sexual Exploitation; 8) Sexually Inappropriate Conduct; 9) Retaliation; 10) Inducing Incapacitation for sexual purposes; and 11) Other Non-Consensual Sexual Contact.
These terms and other related terms applicable to this policy are more fully defined in Appendix A. If a person would like to press criminal charges for an alleged violation of any of the below criminal laws, or would like to seek an order of protection, the definitions contained in the Texas Penal Code and Family Code (found in Appendix B) would apply, not the internal definitions used in this policy.