Consistent with other provisions of PLU’s Student Code of Conduct, this policy and procedures apply to all students enrolled in courses at Pacific Lutheran University. Individuals involved in incidents prior to or during a break between successive terms of enrollment may be subject to action in the Student Rights and Responsibilities system.

The University must obtain notice, or have available “Actual Knowledge”, that an alleged violation occurred, that the violation meets the definition of Prohibited Conduct as articulated in the regulations, and that a formal complaint has been filed prior to the University proceeding with any student conduct process.

“Actual Knowledge” is obtained when the Title IX Coordinator, or any official of the University who has authority to institute corrective measures receives notice of the alleged Prohibited Conduct.

A Title IX response will be initiated if the incident occurs during an educational program or activity in which PLU exercises substantial control over, occurs in the U.S., and meets the criteria set forth in Title IX Final Rule.

The University reserves the right to follow the procedures outlined in the Student Rights and Responsibilities system if a student’s behavior does not meet this criteria, but does violate the Student Code of Conduct, regardless of where the behavior occurs. The University will generally, but not exclusively, respond to off-campus behavior if an alleged violation occurs while a student is engaged in a PLU-sponsored or sanctioned event (i.e. study away, alternative spring break, athletics, music performance, outdoor recreation), the behavior raises concern for the safety of those on-campus, or the behavior jeopardizes the university’s interests in the community.

In addition, the university may follow the procedures outlined in the Student Rights and Responsibilities system whenever a student is accused of a criminal act, regardless of the location of its occurrence.