It is the policy of Belhaven University (“University”) not to discriminate against any person on the basis of sex in violation of any applicable law, including but not limited to, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C. §§ 2000e), and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 as well as its implementing regulations (34 CFR Part 106).

Belhaven University has a Christian identity and mission, and views itself as protected by the religious school’s exemption provided by Title IX from any government policies or interpretations that interfere or violate its religious beliefs and identity. This includes the University’s standards regarding sexuality and gender, as more fully described in the University’s Statements of Faith and Mission, as well as described in the various behavioral standards for faculty, staff, and students. Those with questions regarding this exemption and its reach should contact the office of the Provost.

It is the policy of the University not to discriminate on the basis of sex in the educational programs and activities that it operates. This prohibition against sex-based discrimination extends to all University educational programs and activities, as well as to admission into such programs and activities, distribution of institutional resources, hiring practices, employment, promotion, and policies.

The University is committed to fostering a positive working and educational environment in which there exists mutual respect for all University students, faculty, and staff. Harassment of employees or students based upon sex is inconsistent with this objective and contrary to the University policy of equal employment and academic opportunity without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. Sexual harassment is illegal, and will not be tolerated within the University. It is the policy of the University that no member of its community shall sexually harass another. Any employee or student who violates this policy will be subject to disciplinary action up to and possibly including separation from the University.

Members of the University Community who believe that this policy has been violated are strongly encouraged to report the allegations of sexual harassment as promptly as possible. Delay in making a complaint of sexual harassment may make it more difficult for the University to investigate the allegations.

Verse of the Year

God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases Him.

Philippians 2:13