Institutional Equity Office Health Sciences Center Kate Stanton Associate Title IX Coordinator Institutional Equity Office – HSC
Who Are We? Institutional Equity Office – HSC There are two offices within the Institutional Equity Office: The Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Office Handles discrimination claims, as well as affirmative action plans. The Institutional Equity and Title IX Office Handles claims involving the Sexual Assault, Discrimination and Harassment Policy and gender equity issues within our OU communities. Each OU-Campus has Title IX Officers to education and assist community members.
What Is Title IX? Institutional Equity Office – HSC Title IX is a federal statute prohibiting sex discrimination. Specifically includes: Admissions Financial aid Classroom & clinical assignments Housing Grading & Discipline Student development & Campus Life Recreational & Health services Counseling and psychological services The statute applies equally to men and women.
University of Oklahoma Sexual Misconduct, Discrimination & Harassment Policy Institutional Equity Office – HSC The University condemns discrimination based on sex or gender, sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual orientation discrimination, discrimination based on gender identity or expression, and sexual misconduct. Please note these policies protect and govern all OU campuses and affiliation agreements. www.students.ouhsc.edu
What Constitutes a Potential Policy Violation? Institutional Equity Office – HSC Policy violations include: Gender discrimination Adverse actions taken by a faculty, staff or student against another faculty, staff or student because of their gender Sexual harassment Adverse actions or the creation of a hostile environment by someone in a position of real or perceived authority over another that are sexual in nature and are severe and pervasive such that it affects an individual’s ability to work, or receive an education or any educational benefits.
What Constitutes a Potential Policy Violation? Institutional Equity Office – HSC Sexual violence Nonconsensual sexual acts Sexual exploitation Taking abusive sexual advantage of another, e.g. non-consensual video-taping of another in any form of sexual activity or the nonconsensual viewing of their private body parts, etc. Sexual orientation Assault, discrimination or harassment based on one’s sexual orientation
What Constitutes a Potential Policy Violation? Institutional Equity Office – HSC Stalking Is the repetitive and/or menacing pursuit, following, harassment and/or interference with the peace and/or safety of a member of the community or the safety of any of the immediate family members of the community. Domestic & Dating Violence Is violence between those in an intimate relationship with each other. It is not your obligation to determine whether a policy violation actually occurred. If you believe you may be the victim or witness of sexual violence or harassment, you should notify a Title IX Officer immediately.
How does the University define consent? Institutional Equity Office – HSC Consent is the act of willingly agreeing to engage in sexual contact or conduct. Individuals who consent to sex must be able to understand what they are doing. “No” always means “No,” and the absence of “No” may not mean “Yes”. In order to give effective consent, one must be of legal age and have the capacity to consent. Incapacity may result from mental disability, intellectual disability, unconsciousness, age, or use of alcohol, drugs, medication, and/or other substances.
Where Can I Report a Potential Policy Violation? Institutional Equity Office – HSC Kate Stanton, Associate Title IX Coordinator David L. Boren Student Union, Suite 300 405-271-2416 email@example.com Bobby Mason, University Equal Opportunity Office and Title IX Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org 405-325-3549 Kathleen Smith, Sexual Misconduct Officer Walker Center, Room 220W, Norman Campus 405-325-2215 email@example.com
Most University Employees Have an Obligation to Report. Institutional Equity Office – HSC University employees have an obligation to report potential policy violations to the Institutional Equity Office. University employees will maintain privacy, however, because they are a mandated reporter in the eyes of the Department of Education, they cannot maintain confidentiality. Please know that your information would only be shared with those in the Institutional Equity Office as necessary.
What Happens After an Investigation? Institutional Equity Office – HSC Once the Sexual Misconduct Officer has interviewed the relevant individuals and gathered the relevant evidence, she will issue a report to the Title IX Officer. The Title IX Officer will review the report and determine whether it complies with Title IX requirements and whether additional action needs to be taken.
What Happens After an Investigation? Institutional Equity Office – HSC If additional action is needed and the alleged respondent is a student, the matter will be referred to Student Conduct for official charges to be filed. Depending on the severity of the issue, Student Conduct, in consultation with the Title IX Officer, may seek expulsion as a maximum penalty to a written reprimand as the least penalty. If the alleged respondent is an employee, the Title IX Officer will discuss appropriate disciplinary action with the Executive Officer over the area. If the person is a faculty member, the Title IX Officer, in consultation with the Provost, shall recommend appropriate discipline and whether any faculty appeals board process should be initiated, up to and including abrogation of tenure.
What Actions Can Be Taken to Assist the Complainant? Institutional Equity Office – HSC Scheduling arrangements No-contact orders Change parking assignments Resource assistance Seek law enforcement assistance (405) 271-4911 Utilize OU Advocates (405) 615-0013
What If You Have Already Filed a Police Report – Does the University Still Have to Investigate? Institutional Equity Office – HSC Yes. The Department of Education requires universities to commence the investigation of reports concerning sexual assault, discrimination and harassment within 10 business days of receiving the complaint regardless of whether a police investigation is on-going. The Department of Education through the Office of Civil Rights has determined that these matters should reach a conclusion (to include the final disciplinary action) within approximately 60 days of the complaint.
What Other Areas Are Affected by Title IX? Institutional Equity Office – HSC Consensual Relations Although consensual relationships are not prohibited, where one person is in a position of real or apparent authority over the other, the superior must notify his/her supervisor so that arrangements can be made to ensure he/she no longer supervises them (this includes teaching assistants and students). Pregnancy Although pregnancy is not considered a disability under the ADA, it is considered gender-related. Accordingly, similar types of reasonable accommodations must be made in certain cases. Please contact the Disability Resource Center (405) 325-3852 to discuss further.
What Other Areas Are Affected by Title IX? Institutional Equity Office – HSC Minors on Campus Officials should be aware that they may be held responsible for the harassment of minors on campus even if the harassment occurs between two minors or between a minor and someone not affiliated with the campus. You must ensure you have procedural safeguards in place to ensure the safety and security of minors (e.g. chaperones required at all times, sufficient adult to child ratio supervising the group, no university employee, student or volunteer is to be alone with a child). Visit risk.ouhsc.edu for more information on these policies