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2019-2020 Employee Handbook 
2019-2020 Employee Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

11. Discrimination and Sexual Harrassment

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11.1 Nondiscrimination Statement

11.2 Sex discrimination and Sexual Harassment

11.3 Reporting a Violation

11.1 Nondiscrimination Statement

AdventHealth University maintains a policy of equal education opportunity for all applicants without regard to sex, race, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, color, or national or ethnic origin. AdventHealth University does not discriminate in its educational or admission policies, financial affairs, employment programs, student life, or services in any University-administered program.

This notice is provided as required by the Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Questions, complaints, or requests for additional information regarding these laws may be forwarded to the Title IX Coordinator, Starr Bender, at:

AdventHealth University
Attn: Starr Bender
671 Winyah Drive
Orlando, FL 32803

Ph. (407) 303-5765

11.2 Sex Discrimination and Sexual Harassment

Below is a brief summary of the full Title IX and Complaint Resolution Procedures (which can be accessed here). If there are any discrepancies between this summary statement and the full policy, the full policy will prevail.

Policy Statement

AdventHealth University (“University”) is committed to providing a learning, working, and living environment that promotes personal integrity, civility, and mutual respect in an environment free of discrimination on the basis of sex. The University considers Sex Discrimination in all its forms to be a serious offense. Sex Discrimination constitutes a violation of this policy, is unacceptable, and will not be tolerated.

Sexual Harassment, whether verbal, physical, or visual, is always inconsistent with the mission and expectations of the University, and may constitute as a form of Sex Discrimination and is in violation of this policy.  Sexual Harassment also includes Sexual Violence/Assault.  Definitions and examples of specific conduct that constitutes Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence/Assault are set forth in the full Title IX Policy and Complaint Resolution Procedures.


The Title IX Policy and Complaint Resolution Procedures apply to administrators, faculty, and other University employees, students, applicants for employment, customers, third-party contractors, and all other persons that participate in the University’s educational programs and activities, including third-party visitors on campus (the University Community). The University’s prohibition on Sex Discrimination extends to all aspects of its educational programs and activities, including, but not limited to, admissions, employment, academics, athletics, clinicals, housing, and student services.

11.3 Reporting a Violation

Reporting a Violation

An inquiry or complaint shall be reported in writing to the Title IX Coordinator, Starr Bender, or the Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Katie Shaw (Denver Campus).  The complaint should include:

Date(s) and time(s) of the alleged sex discrimination

Names of all persons involved, including possible witnesses

Details outlining what happened

Contact information for the complainant

All University employees have a duty to file a report or complaint with the Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Title IX Coordinator when they believe or receive information indicating that a member of the University Community may have been subjected to conduct that constitutes prohibited Sex Discrimination.  Students are encouraged to file a report or complaint.

A person may also file a complaint of Sex Discrimination with the United States Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights regarding an alleged violation of Title IX by website or by calling 1-800-421-3481.

Investigation, Resolution, and Appeals

All complaints will be promptly and thoroughly investigated under the procedures outlined in the full Title IX Policy and Complaint Resolution Procedures, and the University will impose interim measures and take disciplinary and remedial action where appropriate. The University will endeavor to conclude its investigation within sixty (60) calendar days of receiving it. The complaint resolution procedures are designed for fairness to both the complainant and respondent and are implemented by University personnel who receive annual training on relevant issues. The complainant and the respondent will receive a copy of the written report after the investigation has concluded and a resolution has been reached, and both have the right to file an appeal with the University President within ten (10) days of receipt of the written report.  The President’s decision on the appeal is final.