Student Handbook and Policies

Discrimination/Harassment Policy

John Cabot University is committed to being an academic community that values mutual respect, human dignity, and individual differences, and that is supportive of intellectual, personal and professional growth.  As such, the members of the JCU Community have the right to an environment free of discrimination and harassment. 

JCU Community Standards thus prohibit the following: 

Discrimination: when an individual or group is treated less favorably than others because of race, religion, ethnicity, national origin, gender, age, marital status, familial status, disability, economic status, or sexual orientation or reassignment or any other factor(s) unrelated to ability or potential. 

Harassment:  unwanted conduct or speech violating a person’s dignity, or creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment that interferes with a person’s learning, work or social well-being.  Harassment includes the following:

Bullying:  repeated or persistent action, criticism or abuse in public or private which (intentionally or unintentionally) humiliates, denigrates, undermines, intimidates or injures the recipient.  Bullying includes setting up a person to fail, ridicule, exclusion, victimization, unfair treatment or the abuse or misuse of power. 

Hate Speech: highly derogatory or grossly degrading speech that is intended to dehumanize, humiliate or incite hatred against persons or groups, because of their race, religion, gender, sexual orientation or disability.

Gender-based harassment: includes acts of verbal, non-verbal or physical aggression, sexual bullying, intimidation or hostility on the basis of sex or sex-stereotyping (such as sabotaging female students’ work, or heckling a student because of his or her sexual orientation or gender identity, either disclosed or undisclosed). 

 Sexual Harassment: unwelcome verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature, including sexual advances, statements, and requests for sexual favors. The unwelcome character of such verbal or physical conduct may be inferred by such characteristics as its aggressive nature, or its persistence even after its target has expressed that it is unwelcome; it will be implied where there is a power asymmetry (such as that between an instructor and a student, or a supervisor and a worker).   Sexual harassment includes:   

  • Unwanted sexual statements:  jokes, comments on physical attributes, spreading rumors, sexual bullying, or talking about or rating others’ sexual activity or performances.
  • Unwanted personal attention:  letters, phone calls, texts, visits, pressure for sexual favors or unnecessary personal interaction, with an evident sexual or romantic intent, including stalking.

Unwanted physical or sexual advances:  unwanted touching, hugging, kissing, fondling, touching oneself sexually for others to see or other sexual activity. This includes domestic violence and sexual assault. Sexual assault is understood as sexual activity in which one party did not or could not consent.

Students, faculty and staff may initiate a discrimination/harassment complaint directly by submitting this form to the Associate Director of Administration and Title IX Coordinator, Kathryne Fedele ([email protected]), to the Dean of Students, Deanna Mayer ([email protected]), or – for confidential support – to the Counseling Office ([email protected])

A harassment complaint against a student is handled according to University grievance procedures for student conduct violations. For more information about this procedure, see the Student Handbook.

Title IX, Sex/Gender Discrimination, Harassment and Assault

Sex/Gender Discrimination, Harassment, and Assault are Prohibited at JCU.  John Cabot University does not discriminate on the basis of sex or gender identity in its education programs and activities, in respect of Title IX, the U.S. law which prohibits discrimination based on sex in federally-funded educational programs. 

JCU is committed to fulfilling the Title IX standards for preventing and responding to sex/gender discrimination and sexual violence in our community. To this end, JCU investigates and resolves complaints of Title IX violations. A Title IX complaint is handled according to the University grievance procedures found in the Student Handbook.

The Title IX Coordinator at JCU is Kathryne Fedele and can be found at the Guarini Campus, 2nd floor of the administrative wing, email [email protected], tel. 06-681-91-224.  She is responsible for coordinating the University’s prevention of and response to sexual harassment and violence, and addressing any inquiries concerning the application of Title IX at JCU.  

Responsible Employees support the Title IX Coordinator in providing information on Title IX or receiving reports of incidents of sexual misconduct. They have been trained in Title IX and the University’s sexual violence policies. Like the Title IX Coordinator, Responsible Employees are available to guide members of the JCU community in responding to sexual discrimination, harassment or violence.

The designated Responsible Employees at John Cabot are: 

Because Responsible Employees must follow up on known incidents, they must make this clear to complainants before they reveal information that they may otherwise wish to keep confidential. Specifically, Responsible Employees will carefully explain their duty to report the names of the alleged perpetrator and victim involved in the alleged sexual violence to the Title IX Coordinator. They will also inform the complainant of his or her option to request that the school maintain his or her confidentiality, which the Title IX Coordinator will honor, in conformity with Italian Privacy Law.  

For fully confidential support, members of the JCU community may turn to the University’s Counseling Services. 

Neither acts of retaliation (punishing, either overtly or covertly, or taking negative actions to deter a complainant for making discrimination or harassment complaints or participating in discussions of such), nor false reporting will be tolerated by John Cabot University and will be subject to disciplinary action through the established disciplinary procedures of the University. 

In cases of Title IX complaints of unwanted physical or sexual advances, students and bystanders/witnesses will not be subject to sanctions under the Alcohol and Drug Policy of the University’s Code of Conduct, if violations occurred at or near the time of the commission of the alleged dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, or sexual assault.