It is the policy of Hondros College of Nursing (HCN) to take prompt and appropriate steps when it is made aware of possible sex discrimination, which may include but is not limited to sexual harassment, that denies or limits on the basis of sex an employee’s, student’s, or third party’s ability to participate in or benefit from HCN’s education programs and activities (Title IX Offense).
Inappropriate conduct that may constitute or otherwise be construed as a Title IX Offense committed against any member of the HCN community is prohibited.
- All Title IX complaints that allege a Title IX Offense that constitutes “sexual harassment” (as that term is defined in Exhibit A) shall be processed in accordance with the Title IX Sexual Harassment Grievance Procedures (Sexual Harassment Grievance Procedures) attached hereto as Exhibit B.
- All Title IX complaints involving one or more students that allege a Title IX Offense that does not constitute sexual harassment shall be processed in accordance with the Title IX Generally Applicable Grievance Procedures (Generally Applicable Grievance Procedures) attached hereto as Exhibit C.
- All Title IX complaints involving only employees that allege a Title IX Offense that does not constitute sexual harassment shall be processed through Human Resources in accordance with HCN’s Sexual Harassment and Other Illegal Harassment Policy as stated in the Associate Handbook.
Notwithstanding the foregoing, if a Title IX complaint involves an individual who is both an HCN student and employee, then the individual’s role at the time of the event in question will control. For example, if an individual is both an HCN student and employee and alleges a Title IX Offense that is not sexual harassment against a faculty member from whom the individual is taking a course, then the individual shall be treated as a student and the Generally Applicable Grievance Procedures will be used to process the complaint. Alternatively, if the same individual alleges a Title IX Offense that is not sexual harassment against the individual’s manager, then the individual shall be treated as an employee and HCN’s Sexual Harassment and Other Illegal Harassment Policy will be used to process the complaint. HCN shall in all instances and in its sole discretion make the decision of whether the complaint will be processed in accordance with the Generally Applicable Grievance Procedures or in accordance with HCN’s Sexual Harassment and Other Illegal Harassment Policy, as described above. In all cases, the Title IX Coordinator (hereinafter defined) shall be kept apprised as Title IX complaints are processed and resolved through the aforementioned channels. Whenever an individual alleges “sexual harassment” as defined in Exhibit A, the Sexual Harassment Grievance procedures shall apply.
HCN may offer interim measures (supportive measures) to the complainant or respondent prior to the final outcome of any investigation. HCN’s goal is to resolve Title IX complaints promptly and equitably and to provide a safe and nondiscriminatory environment for students, employees, and others.
 Defined terms, including “sexual harassment,” are attached hereto as Exhibit A.
Effective August 14, 2020; Last revised December 21, 2021