Factors considered when determining a sanction/responsive action may include, but are not limited to:

  • The nature, severity of, and circumstances surrounding the violation(s)
  • The Respondent’s disciplinary history
  • Previous allegations or allegations involving similar conduct
  • The need for sanctions/responsive actions to bring an end to the misconduct and/or retaliation
  • The need for sanctions/responsive actions to prevent the future recurrence of misconduct and/or retaliation
  • The need to remedy the effects of the misconduct and/or retaliation on the Complainant and the community
  • The impact on the parties
  • Any other information deemed relevant by the Hearing Panel

The sanctions will be implemented as soon as is feasible, either upon the outcome of any appeal or the expiration of the window to appeal without an appeal being requested.

The sanctions described in this policy are not exclusive of, and may be in addition to, other actions taken or sanctions imposed by external authorities.

a. Student Sanctions

Typical responsive actions imposed upon students or organizations singly or in combination who have engaged in misconduct under the jurisdiction of the 2020 Title IX regulations and/or retaliation include:

  • Warning: A formal statement that the conduct was unacceptable and a warning that further violation of any Iowa Wesleyan University policy, procedure, or directive will result in more severe sanctions/responsive actions.
  • Required Counseling: A mandate to meet with and engage in either University-sponsored or external counseling to better comprehend the misconduct and its effects.
  • Probation: A written reprimand for violation of institutional policy, providing for more severe disciplinary sanctions in the event that the student or organization is found in violation of any institutional policy, procedure, or directive within a specified period of time. Terms of the probation will be articulated and may include denial of specified social privileges, exclusion from co-curricular activities, exclusion from designated areas of campus, no-contact orders, and/or other measures deemed appropriate.
  • Suspension: Termination of student status for a definite period of time and/or until specific criteria are met. Students who return from suspension are automatically placed on probation through the remainder of their tenure as a student at Iowa Wesleyan University.
  • Expulsion: Permanent termination of student status and revocation of rights to be on campus for any reason or to attend University-sponsored events.
  • Withholding Diploma: Iowa Wesleyan University may withhold a student’s diploma for a specified period of time and/or deny a student participation in commencement activities as a sanction if the student is found responsible for an alleged violation.
  • Organizational Sanctions: Deactivation, loss of recognition, loss of some or all privileges (including Iowa Wesleyan University registration) for a specified period of time.
  • Other Actions: In addition to or in place of the above sanctions, Iowa Wesleyan University may assign any other sanctions as deemed appropriate.

b. Employee Sanctions/Responsive/Corrective Actions

Responsive actions for an employee who has engaged in misconduct under the jurisdiction of the 2020 Title IX regulations and/or retaliation include:

  • Warning – Verbal or Written
  • Performance Improvement Plan/Management Process
  • Enhanced supervision, observation, or review
  • Required Counseling
  • Required Training or Education
  • Probation
  • Denial of Pay Increase/Pay Grade
  • Loss of Oversight or Supervisory Responsibility
  • Demotion
  • Transfer
  • Reassignment
  • Delay of tenure track progress
  • Assignment to new supervisor
  • Restriction of stipends, research, and/or professional development resources
  • Suspension with pay
  • Suspension without pay
  • Termination*
  • Other Actions: In addition to or in place of the above sanctions/responsive actions, Iowa Wesleyan University may assign any other responsive actions as deemed appropriate.

*This policy does not provide the authority to terminate a tenured faculty member due to the contractual rights that accompany a faculty member’s tenured faculty appointment. Accordingly, if the outcome of an adjudication under this policy results in a sanction calling for separation/termination from the University, a recommendation will be made from the Title IX Coordinator to the University Provost to pursue the separation/termination.