Policies

Policies and Procedures

Appalachian is informed in our processes regarding Title IX reports and complaints by Policy 110: Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation and the Code of Student Conduct.

Policy 110: Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation

Policy 110 prohibits all forms of discrimination and harassment based on protected class status. This policy also prohibits all forms of retaliation against any individual because of their participation in the reporting, investigation, or adjudication of alleged violations of this policy. 

Policy 110 applies to all members of the Appalachian State University community including students, faculty, and staff, as well as visitors and contractors. Further, Appalachian has authority to address any prohibited conduct, as outlined in this policy, that occurs on university premises. Appalachain also reserves the right to address off-campus behavior prohibited by this policy when it is determined that the off-campus behavior is detrimental to the campus community and its educational mission.

For additional assistance, please contact the Title IX Coordinator. 

Policy 602.21: Improper Relationships between Students & Employees

Policy 602.21 articulates the University of North Carolina does not condone amorous relationships between students and employees. Members of the University community should avoid such liaisons, which can harm affected students and damage the integrity of the academic enterprise. Further, sexual relationships between unmarried persons can result in criminal liability. In two types of situations, University prohibition and punishment of amorous relationships is deemed necessary: (1) when the employee is responsible for evaluating or supervising the affected student; (2) when the student is a minor, as defined by North Carolina law. The following policies shall apply to all employees and students of the constituent institutions.

For additional assistance, please contact the Title IX Coordinator or the Office of Human Resources

Code of Student Conduct

The Code of Student Conduct articulates that Appalachian State University students are responsible for conducting themselves in a manner that helps enhance an environment of learning in which the rights, dignity, worth, and freedom of each member of the academic community are respected. Students are responsible for abiding by this Code, agree to the expectations set forth by the University, and can be held responsible for their behavior. 

Appalachian State University is an academic community dedicated to teaching, scholarship, research, service, inclusion, and the holistic development of students. As an academic community, the University has an interest in the safety, welfare, and education of the members of this community and in fostering an environment consistent with the educational mission, purpose, and processes of the University. When students voluntarily enter the University, they assume obligations of performance and behavior relevant to the University’s mission, processes, and functions. Expectations of students in an academic community are higher than those of other citizens.

For additional information and assistance, please contact the Office of Student Conduct

Disability Resources

Consistent with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504) and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), it is the policy of Appalachian State University that no qualified individual with a disability in the United States shall be excluded from, denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity that receives federal financial assistance.

In accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act, Appalachian State University has designated the Office of Disability Resources (ODR) as the only authorized office to receive documentation and determine eligibility for reasonable accommodations on the basis of disability. ODR engages in an interactive process and considers each individual’s condition, history, request and the essential elements of Appalachian State University programs, services and activities to determine eligibility.

Accommodations (academic adjustments, auxiliary aids and reasonable modifications) are determined individually and are intended to minimize the effects of the impact of specific limitations caused by a disability in order for a qualified individual to have equal opportunities for participation.

Individuals needing reasonable accommodations should contact the Office of Disability Resources at 828.262.3056 or odr.appstate.edu.

The Office of Title IX Compliance will work in concert with the Office of Disability Resources to ensure all Title IX processes including, but not limited to, investigations, are accessible. 

Navigating a Temporary Impairment/Injury

The Office of Title IX Compliance can provide interim measures and adjustments to Involved Parties. For assistance, please contact the Title IX Coordinator. 

Additional Mandates and Guidance

Appalachian Policy Manual

Appalachian's full Policy Manual can be accessed online

Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy & Campus Crime Statistics Act

The Office of Title IX Compliance ensures the integrity of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and its intersections with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act or Clery Act. For additional assistance regarding the Clery Act at Appalachian, please visit University Police's website

National Institutes of Health

The National Institutes for Health requries grantee institutions to be in compliance with policies regarding sexual harassment. The Office of Title IX Compliance will work with the Vice Provost for Research and the Office of Research to ensure compliance. For more information and assistance, please contact the Title IX Coordinator. 

National Science Foundation 

The National Science Foundation has issued requirements regarding the notification of findings of sexual harassment, other forms of harassment, and sexual assault. The Office of Title IX Compliance will work with the Vice Provost for Research and the Office of Research to ensure compliance. For more information and assistance, please contact the Title IX Coordinator.