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Discrimination Harassment & Sexual Misconduct

Policy to Address Discrimination, Harassment & Sexual Misconduct

Franklin University’s mission is to provide a high quality, relevant education enabling the broadest possible community of learners to achieve their goals and enrich the world. Franklin University is committed to its educational mission and to ensure the rights of its community members. Each community participant has a right to be free from discrimination, harassment, and sexual misconduct in the learning environment and work setting. Therefore, conduct that diminishes the dignity and worth of the community members is prohibited.  

Franklin University does not discriminate on the basis of age, religion, race, ethnicity, color, national origin, ancestry, immigration status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital or familial status, disability, or veteran or military status. Conduct by students, student organizations, staff, faculty, administrators, trustees, volunteers, visitors, contractors, and vendors that violates this policy is disruptive to the educational environment and work setting. Any complaint by a member or guest of the University community will be investigated and addressed.

Franklin University is committed to being an inclusive community free from all forms of discrimination and harassment in all university dealings as required by Local, State, and Federal laws and regulations. The following person has been designated to handle civil rights inquiries regarding harassment, discrimination, and sexual misconduct: 

Blake J. Renner, Ed.D. 
Title IX Coordinator 

This policy supersedes all current University policies pertaining to discrimination, harassment, and sexual misconduct. The University reserves the right to make changes to this policy. All changes will be posted online on this page, Portions of this policy are based on a model policy provided by ATIXA and authored by the NCHERM Group, LLC as well as resources available at

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