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Oregon State University is dedicated to promoting and fostering a safe environment for all students, staff, and faculty. As an employer and educational institution, OSU has a responsibility to take reasonable steps to eliminate sexual misconduct of any kind, including sexual harassment, sexual assault, intimate partner violence, sexual exploitation, and stalking. We must also work to prevent their recurrence and to address their effects. The office charged with investigating complaints of sexual misconduct is the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access and the office's Executive Director, Kim Kirkland, Ed. D, is the university's Title IX Coordinator.
Oregon State’s Sexual Misconduct and Discrimination Policy has been revised, effective September 15, 2017. This action was taken to enhance the university’s ability to stop, prevent recurrence, and remedy the impacts of sexual misconduct and discrimination. The university worked closely with the campus community, received input from internal and external reviews, and evaluated revisions to Oregon’s state laws and Title IX requirements. The renewed policy reflects the strong, ongoing collaboration and leadership between the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access (EOA), the Office of University Compliance, the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards, the Office of Human Resources, and the Office of General Counsel.
Key components of Oregon State’s renewed Sexual Misconduct and Discrimination policy include:
• Clearly articulated definitions regarding prohibited conduct
• Detailed descriptions of how consent and incapacity are evaluated
• Reporting resources and options as well as confidential resources for all parties
• Defined scope and application of the policy
Key components of the associated investigation and resolution process involving students include:
• Well-defined investigatory process steps and protections afforded to reporting and responding parties
• Clarified information regarding requests for the university not to investigate an allegation of sexual misconduct
• Information around available interim assistance related to access to programs and activities
• Voluntary resolution process options available in certain cases
• Clear description of the role the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards (SCCS) plays in the process – including administrative conferences, decisions, outcome letters, and disciplinary sanctions
• Clear description of the available appeals.
As the new academic year begins, EOA staff members are here as a resource to provide guidance and support. You can contact the office at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (541) 737-3556.
Find out more about confidential and non-confidential resources, your rights, filing reports with the university or law enforcement, and more.
Find out more about responding to student disclosures of sexual misconduct, your reporting responsibilities, information on your resources and options if you experience sexual misconduct, and more.
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