New Rules, Regulations and Policies in 2016
Notice of Nondiscrimination and Affirmative Action Policy
On Nov. 20, 2015, the ECU Board of Trustees approved the revised Notice of Nondiscrimination and Affirmative Action Policy that will become effective Jan. 1, 2016. The policy supersedes all nondiscrimination provisions pertaining to university programs and activities. It applies to students, applicants, employees, visitors, volunteers and other third parties under circumstances within the university’s control.
Revisions to the policy:
• Clarify that sex discrimination explicitly includes discrimination based on pregnancy and pregnancy related conditions;
• Prohibit gender identity discrimination;
• Prohibit discrimination due to certain inquiries, discussions, or disclosures related to pay or the pay of another employee or applicant;
• Describe the University’s affirmative action obligations;
• Define unlawful discrimination, harassment, and retaliation;
• Outline the obligation to provide reasonable accommodations (disability and religious);
• Communicate ECU’s responsibility regarding the prohibition of sex discrimination required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; and
• Explain ECU’s obligations to review or investigate prohibited conduct.
To review the policy, click here.
Interim Regulation on Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment and Other Forms of Interpersonal Violence
On January 1, 2016, the University’s new interim Regulation on Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment and Other Forms of Interpersonal Violence, along with seven accompanying appendices will take effect. The new interim regulation was approved by Chancellor Steve Ballard Dec. 16 and incorporates into the university’s safety rules nationally recognized best practices. As an interim regulation, it will undergo a campus vetting process during the spring semester and be revised as necessary.
The interim regulation directs the grievance procedures of what will now be deemed “Prohibited Conduct.” Prohibited Conduct includes: sexual assault, sexual battery, sexual exploitation, dating and domestic violence, stalking, sexual and gender-based harassment, complicity, and related incidents of retaliation.
Changes include, but are not limited to, the following:
• new definitions include: sexual battery, sexual exploitation, gender-based harassment, and complicity;
• consolidated process for handling complaints of both sexual violence (sexual assault and sexual battery) and interpersonal violence (dating and domestic violence and stalking);
• associated regulations that enumerate the procedures for addressing complaints from both students and employees;
• new resource guides for both student and employee complainants and respondents;
• appendix that serves as a comprehensive compilation of the University’s prevention and education efforts regarding these issues; and
• updated requirements for responsible employee training.
Employees who have not yet completed the online training “Preventing Discrimination and Sexual Violence” will be required to do so by April 15, 2016. New employees have 90 days from their date of hire to complete the training. Faculty, staff and students are strongly encouraged to review the new policies, as well as the related resource and reporting guides.
To review the policy, click here.
Hoverboards Banned on Parts of Campus
Effective, January 7, 2016, the use, possession, or storage of hoverboards and similar devices, is prohibited in all ECU residence halls. If a hoverboard is found in a student's room, it will be confiscated and shipped back home at the student’s expense.
Additionally, these devices are not permitted in ECU Dining facilities, the Mendenhall Student Center, or the Student Recreation Center nor are they permitted on ECU Transit buses, motor coaches and shuttles.
Recent information has revealed that the batteries in hoverboards and similar devices are dangerous and prone to explosion, creating a safety and fire risk. Since the most significant risk of hover board fires occurs during overcharging and operation, it is believed that restricting these devices from residence halls and student-focused facilities where longer charging periods may occur will minimize risk.
All personal transport/mobility devices are prohibited from use inside University buildings. This is not a new rule. Personal transport/mobility devices include hoverboards, skateboards, bicycles and similar items. Wheelchairs and other medically required devices are permitted.
Victim Advocate Position Reports to Counseling
The Victim Advocate now reports to the ECU Counseling Center instead of the ECU Police Department. Below is a summary of the protocol for contacting the Victim Advocate.
When a student, university employee or campus visitor reports being the victim of sexual assault, partner violence, harassment or stalking, certain procedures must be followed to ensure that the victim has access to information about their rights and options, including reporting to law enforcement.
During the hours of 8am-5pm, the Victim Advocate can be reached at 252-737-1466. In the Victim Advocate’s absence, a counselor with training and experience in provision of sexual assault victim advocacy will provide limited advocacy services and will ultimately refer the student on to the Victim Advocate for follow up and further services.
The Victim Advocate will provide crisis intervention and ongoing services to enrolled student victims/survivors. The Victim Advocate will provide crisis intervention (one session) and referral (for counseling and/or advocacy) for non-students.
If the Victim Advocate is not present and a crisis emerges, protocol is in place for student and staff/faculty/visitor crises to be handled in the same manner by general crisis counselors in the Center for Counseling and Student Development.
After normal business hours, on-call services will be handled through the CCSD Counselor On-call system. The counselor on-call will respond to the student emergency by providing support, gathering information as appropriate and sharing options with the student regarding their rights and resource options.
For more information or for any questions, please contact Kat Bursky, ECU Victim Advocate, or Valerie Kisler-van Reed, Counseling Director.