We value the dignity of all. That's why we're committed to ending unlawful discrimination.
The Marianist vision of community living embraced by the University of Dayton is based on the conviction that every person has innate dignity because all people are made in the image and likeness of God. This conviction is rooted in the following verse: "The dignity of the human person is rooted in [the person's] creation in the image and likeness of God; it is fulfilled in [the person's ] vocation to divine beatitude. . . . The divine image is present in every person. It shines forth in the communion of persons, in the likeness of the unity of the divine persons among themselves." (Catholic Catechism, 1700, 1701).
A primary assertion of both our religious and civil traditions is the inviolable dignity of each person. Recognition of and respect for the person are central to our life as a Christian and educational community and are what allow us to pursue our common mission while being many diverse persons. Thus, discrimination, harassment, or any other conduct that diminishes the worth of a person is incompatible with our fundamental commitment as a Catholic university conducted in the Marianist tradition, and therefore is prohibited by the University.
Notice of Nondiscrimination
As a Marianist institution that values the dignity of all, the University adheres to all federal and state civil rights laws banning discrimination in private institutions of higher education. The University of Dayton does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, national or ethnic origin, sex/gender, sexual orientation, disability, genetic information, military status, veteran status, familial status or any other protected category under applicable local, state or federal law, ordinance or regulation, including protections for those opposing discrimination or participating in any complaint process on campus or within the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Ohio Civil Rights Commission or other human rights agencies, in the planning and administration of its admissions policies, educational programs, scholarships, loans, and other financial aid, athletic and other school-administered programs, services, and activities, or in employment. Sexual harassment, which includes acts of sexual violence, is a type of sex discrimination. To help combat reported acts of unlawful harassment or discrimination, the University has developed a robust Equity Complaint Process.
Note: On this website, “Title IX” stands for Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. §1681 et seq., and “Section 504” stands for Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 U.S.C. § 701 et seq.
Notice of revision to policy
In accordance with U.S. Department of Education guidelines, the University of Dayton has made revisions to its Title IX policy and procedures as found in the University’s Nondiscrimination and Anti-Harassment Policy, the Equity Complaint Process for Resolving Complaints of Harassment, Sexual Misconduct and Other Forms of Discrimination, as well as the Mandatory Reporting Policy.
The revisions include:
- Notice that the University’s Title IX Coordinator also serves as the Equity Compliance Officer for the University.
- Indicates that participation in either the pre-complaint process or the informal resolution process is completely voluntary and that the complainant will be informed of his or her right to end either process at any time to access the formal grievance process.
- Gives notice that both parties involved in the complaint process have an equal right to a support person, including a licensed attorney, and clarifies that those individuals serve as advisors, and are not permitted to speak during interviews, hearings or other proceedings.
- Makes explicit that upon request, accommodations can be made if the parties cannot be in the same room with each other during a hearing or when a party needs a modification to be able to participate in the process.
- Clarifies that if sexual harassment is found to have occurred, the Title IX Coordinator and/or Deputy Title IX Coordinator will ensure and document the implementation of steps identified to prevent recurrence of the harassment and remedy the discriminatory effects on the complainant and others, as appropriate.