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. Enrolled individuals involved in incidents prior to attending or during a break between successive terms of enrollment may be subject to action in the Student Code of Conduct 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 formal 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 to current community members during an educational program or activity in which PLU exercises substantial control over, occurs in the U.S., and meets the criteria defined in Title IX Final Rule by the Department of Education.

The University reserves the right to follow the procedures outlined in the Student Code of Conduct procedures if a student’s behavior does not meet the above Title IX criteria, but does violate the Student Code of Conduct, regardless of where the behavior occurs. The University will, in its sole discretion, 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 trips, athletic events, music performances, 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 Code of Conduct or procedures defined by law enforcement whenever a student is accused of a criminal act, regardless of the location of its occurrence.