The following excerpts are from the 2017-2018 Mars Hill University Student Handbook. Please see the handbook for complete policies and definitions.
Mars Hill University has a zero tolerance policy for violence or harassment. All students are prohibited from engaging in threatening behaviors, violence or harassment against another person at the University. Any student that engages in violence, threatening behavior or harassment in violation of this policy shall be subject to disciplinary action.
Mars Hill University has a zero tolerance policy for hazing on its campus. In accordance with North Carolina law, no student, student organization or athletic team, shall permit, plan, direct, encourage, participate, assist, engage, aid, condone or tolerate hazing. Any student, student organization or athletic team, that engages in hazing, or in an act that is in disrespect of the basic human dignities of other students, or members of the administration, faculty and/or staff, in violation of this policy, or in violation of North Carolina law, shall be subject to disciplinary action.
Mars Hill University has a zero tolerance policy for bullying on its campus. No student, student organization or athletic team shall permit, plan, direct, encourage, participate, assist, engage, aid, condone or tolerate bullying. Any student, student organization or athletic team that engages in bullying in violation of this policy shall be subject to disciplinary action.
Mars Hill University is committed to creating and maintaining an environment in which all members of the community, including students, faculty, staff and administrators, are treated with respect and dignity, free from gender and sex-based discrimination. All forms of gender-based discrimination is prohibited, including, but not limited to, sexual violence, sexual harassment, domestic violence and other sexual misconduct. Mars Hill University has a zero tolerance policy for sex discrimination. Any student found to have violated this policy shall be subject to disciplinary action in accordance with the Title IX Grievance Procedures.
Sexual misconduct means any physical sexual act perpetrated against a person’s will, or without their consent, or when an individual is incapable of giving consent. Sexual misconduct can be perpetrated upon members of the opposite gender or of the same gender. Sexual misconduct includes, but is not limited to:
If you are the victim of sexual misconduct, and in particular sexual violence, you should:
There are trained professionals available at Mars Hill University who can confidentially provide information and support to victims:
Cassie Pavone – Counseling Center
Kathy Koontz – Counseling Center
Stephanie McLeskey – Chaplain
Stephanie Shelton – University Wellness Center
The Title IX Grievance Procedures outline the procedures that should be followed when reporting a violation of the Sexual Misconduct Policy, a gender-based violation of the Safe Academic & Work Environment Policies, and any other gender-based discrimination, as well as the procedures the university will utilize to investigate all such reports.
The university encourages victims of gender discrimination, sexual misconduct and specifically, sexual violence, to talk to someone about what happened to them. The university also encourages victims to report incidents of gender discrimination, sexual misconduct, and specifically, sexual violence, so that it can respond appropriately. A victimized student may not know who to trust or turn to for help, and may also not realize that there are different individuals on campus that have different abilities to maintain confidentiality for the victim.
Grievances should be reported as soon as reasonably possible and within 60 calendar days of the incident resulting in the grievance.
Grievances may be reported in person, over the phone or in writing. The initial report, if in writing, should include the following basic information:
For more information on Title IX procedures, see the Title IX Grievance Procedures section of the student handbook. If you have questions regarding your confidentiality options, the university has designated the following individuals to evaluate requests for confidentiality once a responsible employee is on notice of alleged sexual misconduct:
Jennie Matthews, MBA
Title IX Coordinator
Additional Non-Confidential Reporting:
Interim Associate Vice President for Student Development
MHU Campus Security
*See 2017-2018 Mars Hill University Student Handbook for additional information.