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Sexual Misconduct Policy and Procedure

Sexual Misconduct Policy and Procedure

What To Do If You Have Experienced or Are Experiencing Sexual Misconduct: Any student, employee, or member of the Oberlin College community who has experienced sexual misconduct or violence is encouraged to immediately notify law enforcement and/or seek immediate medical assistance. Oberlin College Safety and Security will provide transportation upon request You are also encouraged to report the misconduct or violence promptly to the College by notifying any of the on-campus reporting options listed here.

Emergency Assistance

Emergency Response

Health and Safety

Counseling/Crisis Response

911 (Emergency Services)

Oberlin College Safety
and Security
(440) 775-8911 (24 Hours)
The Nord Center Sexual Assault Care Unit
(800) 888-6161
(24 Hour hotline)
Lorain County Rape Crisis
(800) 888-6161 (24 hours)

Lorain County Mental Health
Crisis Hotline
(800) 888-6161 (24 hours)

Confidential Resources and Reporting Options:

All individuals are encouraged to make a prompt report to law enforcement and to the College. An individual may seek confidential support as designated below. Confidential resources will not share information with the College nor will speaking with a confidential resource trigger action by the College under most circumstances. We encourage all individuals to make a prompt report to the College using the reporting options below, but we recognize that individuals may choose to make a report of sexual misconduct to any College employee. With the exception of confidential resources, all Responsible Employees, including student employees or volunteers who have a responsibility for student welfare, are trained and required to share the report with a central Title IX Team to ensure a prompt and equitable review, investigation and resolution.

 

Confidential  Resources and Support

 Students

 Employees

Oberlin College Counseling Center
(440) 775-8470

Office of Religious and Spiritual Life
(440) 775-5191



Lorain County Rape Crisis
(800) 888-6161
(24 hour hotline)
 
Confidential Campus Advocate
Monique Burgdorf, (440) 775-5203

Employee Assistance Program
(800) 989-3277

Lorain County Rape Crisis
(800) 888-6161
(24 hour hotline)

 Reporting Options

On Campus

 Off Campus

Safety and Security | (440) 775-8911 (24 hours)

Dean of Students | (440) 775-8462

Title IX Coordinator | (440) 775-8555

Human Resources | (440) 775-5573

Oberlin Police Department | (440) 774-1061

Mercy Allen Hospital | (440) 986-4000

Lorain County Prosecutor | (440) 329-5389

Sexual Misconduct Policy Executive Summary

Oberlin College seeks to ensure an equitable and inclusive campus free of violence, harassment, and discrimination. The following summary describes Oberlin College policy and procedures for resolving reports of sexual and/or gender-based harassment, discrimination and violence, including sexual violence, stalking, and intimate partner violence. Such conduct is prohibited by College policy as well as by state and federal law. For more information, please see the complete Sexual Misconduct Policy at http://new.oberlin.edu/office/equity-diversity-inclusion/policies/

Purpose of the policy

Oberlin College will not tolerate any type of sexual and/or gender-based harassment, discrimination and violence, including sexual violence, stalking, and intimate partner violence, which are referred to in this policy as sexual misconduct. The College is committed to taking all appropriate steps to eliminate these forms of sexual misconduct, prevent their recurrence, and address their effects. This policy outlines the College’s institutional values, prohibited conduct, resources, reporting options, and processes for the review, investigation and resolution of reports of sexual misconduct.

scope of policy

This policy applies to all members of the Oberlin College community, including students, employees, and visitors. This policy applies to both on campus and off campus conduct. In particular, off-campus conduct is subject to this policy if the conduct occurred in the context of an education program or activity of the College or had continuing adverse effects on campus or in an off-campus education program or activity.

notice of non-discrimination

Oberlin College does not discriminate on the bias of race, color, sex, marital status, religion, creed, national origin, disability, age, genetic information, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, family relationships to an employee of Oberlin College and gender identity and expression, or any other protected class.

title IX coordinator

Rebecca Mosely, the interim Title IX Coordinator, oversees the College’s central review, investigation and resolution of reports of sexual harassment, misconduct, stalking and intimae partner violence under the College’s report process and coordinates the College’s compliance with Title IX.

You can reach Rebecca Mosely at (440) 775-8555 or rebecca.mosely@oberlin.edu

title ix review

Oberlin College’s Title IX review consists of an inter-departmental structure which includes, as appropriate, the Title IX Coordinator, a designee from the Dean of Students, a designee from the Dean of the College or the Dean of the Conservatory, the Manager of the Employee and Labor Relations, and the Director of Safety and Security. This team, which is overseen by the Title IX Coordinator, is responsible for the prompt and equitable review and resolution of any reports under the Student, Staff, or Faculty Report Process. The Members of the team will vary based upon the roles of the parties involved. In all cases, the Title IX Team will be limited to a small number of individuals who need to be informed in order to provide effective and equitable review and timely resolution of reports while protecting the privacy of parties as fully as possible.

reporting

Oberlin College will take immediate action in all allegations of sexual and/or gender-based harassment, discrimination and violence, including sexual violence, stalking, and intimate partner violence, to protect the safety of the community and individuals involved. The College encourages anyone who has experienced, witnessed, or has information pertaining a potential violation of Sexual Misconduct Policy to take an active role in reporting this behavior.

Students and employees are encouraged to report information regarding an incident of sexual misconduct to designated employees of the College. These reporting options are: Safety and Security, the Title IX Coordinator, the Dean of Students Office, or the Manager of Employee and Labor Relations. The College recognizes, however, that an individual may choose to report to any College employee, even those not specifically designated as a reporting option. Consistent with this policy, any Responsible Employee who receives such a report is required to share the report with a central team to ensure consistent application of College policy for all individuals.

Oberlin College encourages all community members to make reasonable and prudent actions to prevent or stop an act of sexual misconduct. Community members who exercise this obligation will be supported by the College and protected from retaliation.

statement against retaliation

It is a violation of Oberlin College policy to retaliate in any way against a student or employee because they raised allegations of sexual and/or gender-based harassment, discrimination and violence, including sexual violence, stalking, and intimate partner violence, or participated in the College’s resolution of the report. The College will take immediate and responsive action to any report of retaliation.

privacy statement

In any report, investigation, or resolution or an allegation of sexual and/or gender-based harassment, discrimination and violence, including sexual violence, stalking, and intimate partner violence, every effort will be made to protect the privacy and confidentiality interests of the individuals involved in a manner consistent with the need for a through review of the allegation and the protection of the Reporting Party and broader campus community.

confidential resources

Oberlin College realizes that not every individual is prepared to make a formal report for resolution. There are several confidential resources available for both students and employees who are seeking assistance, but do not wish to make a report to the College or law enforcement.

resources

Oberlin College is committed to providing on campus resources and support to Reporting Parties and Responding Parties, whether or not an individual wishes to pursue formal disciplinary action. There are also many off campus resources available to individuals who experience sexual and/or gender-based harassment, discrimination and violence, including sexual violence, stalking, and intimate partner violence.

interim measures

Upon receipt of a report, the College will take interim measures to protect the parties involved. These may include no contact directives, changes in class or work schedules, changes in living arrangements, interim suspension, College-imposed leave, or any other measures that the College deems appropriate in consultation with the parties.

formal resolutions procedures

Reports against a student will be resolved by the Student Formal Resolution Process.

Reports against a non-faculty employee will be resolved by the Staff Formal Resolution Process.

Reports against a faculty member will be resolved by the Faculty Formal Resolution Process.

A full description of these procedures is available at through the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.