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Oregon State University is committed to creating an equitable and inclusive campus free of all violence, harassment, and discrimination. The university embraces and respects differences in sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation among all individuals.
All individuals who are participating in university programs and activities have the right to do so fully, free from sexual discrimination, misconduct, and retaliation. The university prohibits sexual misconduct of any kind, including sexual harassment, intimate partner violence, sexual exploitation, and stalking. Such misconduct violates university policy and may also violate state or federal law. When such misconduct occurs, the university will take steps to stop, prevent recurrence, and remedy the impacts of such behavior.
Parties participating in the sexual misconduct and discrimination process with the university will be notified of reasonable interim assistance. Interim assistance can include, but is not limited to, providing information on advocacy support, changes to campus living situations, changes to campus work arrangements, and issuing no contact directives, if appropriate. The purpose of implementing any mutual or unilateral No Contact Directive is to support students’ continued access to the learning environment during the sexual misconduct or discrimination student complaint and resolution process. When EOA issues a mutual or unilateral No Contact Directive, both parties are advised to contact EOA if they believe the No Contact Directive will interfere with their learning environment and they would like EOA to consider a modification to the No Contact Directive. When asked to consider a modification, EOA will assess the specific learning environment needs of each party, if any. Using a good faith basis, if a No Contact Directive is determined appropriate, EOA will implement the directive, either mutual or unilateral, and either as originally issued or modified, that supports the parties’ reasonable and continued access to education, campus services, campus activities, and support resources. Any party to a No Contact Directive can ask that it be reviewed by EOA at any time.
On 9/15/2017, OSU adopted University Policy 05-001, Sexual Misconduct and Discrimination, which provides updated definitions, responsibilities, and procedures for the University to respond to complaints of discriminatory and sexual misconduct. The office charged with investigating such complaints is the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access and the office's Executive Director, Dr. Kim Kirkland, is the university's Title IX Coordinator.
OSU's Sexual Misconduct and Discrimination policy is established in compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Violence Against Women Act of 1994 (“VAWA”), the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act of 2013 (“Campus SaVE Act”), and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, among other applicable state and federal laws.
A Student or Student Organization found to have committed any of the proscribed acts outlined in Oregon State University's Code of Student Conduct is subject to sanctions. According to Section 4.4 Discriminatory Misconduct (Policies 26-33), discriminatory harassment and sexual/gender-based harassment of any kind are prohibited.The Office of Equal Opportunity and Access responds to violations of the Code of Student Conduct involving discriminatory misconduct with the authority to investigate and resolve all allegations of prohibited conduct as prescribed by the Code.
The Office of Equal Opportunity and Access updated the operating guidelines for investigation and resolution processes for students accused of, or are alleged victms of, violations of University Policy 05-001 Sexual Misconduct and Discrimination on 10/22/2019.
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