Sexual Misconduct Policy

LDS Business College is committed to promoting and maintaining a safe and respectful environment for the campus community (see the LDSBC Sexual Misconduct policy for more details). The College will not tolerate sexual harassment, sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking perpetrated by or against any College students, College employees, participants in College programs and activities, or visitors to its campus.

The College will take immediate and appropriate steps to stop Sexual Misconduct, prevent its recurrence, and address its effects. Any person who violates this policy may be subject to discipline up to and including termination of employment, suspension, dismissal, and a ban from campus, depending on the circumstances and the severity of the violation and the violator’s status as an employee, student, or visitor.

Prohibited Conduct

As required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the College prohibits sex discrimination in its educational programs or activities, admission, and employment. Under certain circumstances, Sexual Misconduct may constitute sex discrimination.

Sexual Misconduct prohibited under this policy includes a range of unwelcome sexual conduct, including verbal and physical sexual harassment, sexual assault, and other forms of sexual violence, each of which is a form of prohibited sex discrimination. Other criminal behavior, such as domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking, that is generally (though not exclusively) sex-based is also considered Sexual Misconduct under this policy.

A. Sexual harassment

Sexual harassment is unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature and can include unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other conduct of a sexual nature whether verbal, nonverbal, or physical. Conduct is unwelcome if the individual toward whom it is directed did not request or invite it and regarded the conduct as undesirable or offensive. A wide variety of sexual conduct may constitute sexual harassment. Examples of sexual harassment include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Sexually suggestive or offensive joking, flirting, or comments
  • Unwelcome and intentional touching
  • Sexually oriented verbal abuse
  • Sexually oriented comments about an individual's body
  • Displaying objects or pictures that are sexual in nature
  • Sending sexually explicit or offensive text messages or other communications

Sexual harassment of any kind is contrary to the teachings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the LDSBC Honor Code Policies and Procedures and is considered to be Sexual Misconduct prohibited under this policy.

B. Sexual Violence, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking

Sexual violence is a form of sexual harassment and refers to physical sexual acts perpetrated against a person who has not consented or who is incapable of giving consent. Consent is a voluntary agreement to engage in sexual activity and is determined by all the relevant facts and circumstances. Consent cannot be given by someone who is incapacitated for any reason (i.e., because of the victim’s age, disability, unconsciousness, or use of drugs or alcohol).

Additionally, consent cannot be implied by silence, the absence of resistance, or past consent with the same or another person. Even if a person has given his or her consent to engage in sexual activity, consent to engage in further sexual activity can be withdrawn at any time. Consent is invalid where it is given under coercion, force, or threats.

Examples of sexual violence include, but are not limited to, rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, and sexual abuse. Such acts of sexual violence, in addition to being criminal offenses prohibited under the Utah Criminal Code, also constitute Sexual Misconduct prohibited under this policy. A single act of sexual violence (e.g., rape) may be sufficiently severe to create a hostile environment.

Domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking are likewise criminal offenses under the Utah Criminal Code and are also considered Sexual Misconduct prohibited under this policy, even when the criminal behavior is not specifically sexual in nature.

Domestic violence is a violent crime committed by a current or former spouse or intimate partner (or someone similarly situated) or any other person against a victim who is protected from that person’s acts under state domestic or family violence laws. Dating violence is violence committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim. Stalking is engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to fear for his or her safety or the safety of others or to suffer substantial emotional distress.

Duty to Report

Some College employees have a duty under this policy to report Sexual Misconduct. Even so, all persons are encouraged to and may voluntarily report incidents of Sexual Misconduct to the Title IX Coordinator. State law imposes additional reporting obligations related to sexual abuse of a child. Victims of Sexual Misconduct are strongly encouraged to report incidents of Sexual Misconduct.

Sexual Misconduct should be reported to the Title IX Coordinator, Room 938, 801.524.8157, The names, office addresses, and telephone numbers of the Title IX Coordinator and the deputy coordinators are also posted on the College’s Title IX website HERE. In addition, individuals may submit reports, including anonymous reports, through EthicsPoint, the College’s 24-hour hotline provider, by telephone at 888- 238-1062, or by submitting information online HERE. A report of Sexual Misconduct (“Report”) can be made verbally or in writing.