Here are some of the most commonly asked questions
regarding campus' sexual discrimination or harassment policy and procedures:
What are some examples of sexual Harassment? Inappropriate behavior
- Sexual jokes, innuendoes, gestures
- Unwanted flirtation, advances, or propositions
- Pressure for sex
- Display of sexually suggestive objects/visuals
- Display/transmission of sexually suggestive electronic content
- Any unnecessary, unwanted physical contact
- Sexual assault (if this occurs, call the police immediately and
What should I do if I feel I have been sexually harassed?
- Document the problem behavior: date, time, place, witnesses,
- Tell the harasser that the behavior is offensive and that you
want it to stop
- Seek counseling and personal support from the Office of Counseling and Psychological Services.
- File a complaint in accordance with the University's Title IX
complaint procedures ("Report and Incident")
What about false allegations?
Sanctions may be imposed on individuals who knowingly, or with
reckless disregard for the truth, make false accusations of sexual
harassment. Just because a complaint cannot be proven does not
mean that it is false.
Is sexual harassment only male to female, supervisor to employee,
faculty to student?
Sexual harassment occurs when individuals feel they are the
recipients of unwanted sexual attention or behavior. Sexual
harassment can happen to or be perpetrated by anyone against anyone
else: women, men, students, faculty, staff, supervisors,
employees, volunteers, and vendors.
Does the complaint remain confidential?
The university cannot promise complete confidentiality. The
privacy of all parties to a complaint of sexual discrimination or harassment must be
strictly observed, except insofar as it interferes with the campus'
obligations to fully investigate allegations of sexual discrimination or harassment.
Where privacy is not strictly kept, it will still be tightly controlled
on a need-to-know basis. In all complaints of sexual discrimination or harassment,
both the accused and complainant will be informed of the outcome.
If I report and incident, will the police be involved?
If you report and act of alleged sexual violence, police may be notified. This does not mean charges will automatically be filed or that a victim must speak with the police, but the campus is legally required to notify law enforcement authorities. The campus also must statistically report the occurrence on campus of major violent crimes, including certain sex offenses, in an annual report of campus crime statistics. The statistical report does not include personally identifiable information.
What is the purpose and possible outcome of an investigation?
The purpose of the investigation is to evaluate the allegations of
sexual harassment, formulate a response to address the situation, and
follow up to ensure that recommended actions have been taken. Outcomes
can include: no finding of harassment, finding of inappropriate
behavior, finding of harassment, or finding of false allegations. The
ultimate goal is to stop the harassment.
Do I have to name the perpetrator?
Yes, if you want formal disciplinary action to be taken against the
alleged perpetrator. No, if you choose to respond informally and do not
file a formal complaint. Understand that the campus’ ability to insure
the health and safety of its members is compromised when serious
allegations cannot be addressed.
What if I am retaliated against?
Individuals who report sexual harassment or who are involved in
the investigation as witnesses are protected against retaliation by
University policy as well as state and federal law. The University will
take appropriate corrective action toward those individuals who
retaliate against someone because he or she filed a complaint,
encouraged someone to file a complaint, served as a witness in an
investigation, or otherwise participated in an investigation. If you
feel you are being retaliated against, contact one of the Title IX coordinators.
What do I do if I am accused of sexual discrimination or harassment?
Do not contact the alleged victim. You may immediately want to
contact someone in the campus community who can act as your advisor. You
may also contact a Title IX Coordinator, who can explain the campus’
procedures for dealing with sexual discrimination or harassment complaints.
What do I do about preserving evidence of sexual assault?
Physical evidence of a sexual assault must be collected
within 72 hours. If you believe you have been a victim of a criminal
sexual assault, you should contact the Department of Public Safety at
740-351-3232 or call 9-1-1.(9-9-1-1 from a campus phone) If you go to the hospital, local police will
be called, but you are not obligated to talk to the police or to
prosecute. The exam will help to keep that option open for you, should
you decide later to exercise it.
The hospital staff will collect
evidence, check for injuries, and address the possibility of exposure to
sexually transmitted infections. If you have changed clothing since the
assault, bring the clothing you had on at the time of the assault with
you to the hospital in a clean, sanitary container such as a clean paper
grocery bag or wrapped in a clean sheet (plastic containers do not
breathe, and may render evidence useless). If you have not changed
clothes, bring a change of clothes with you to the hospital, if
possible, as they will likely keep the clothes you are wearing as
evidence. You can take a support person with you to the hospital, and
they can accompany you through the exam, if you want. Do not disturb the
crime scene—leave all sheets, towels, etc. that may bear evidence for
the police to collect. If possible, do not shower or wash, or go to the
bathroom before coming to the hospital.
It is easier to
investigate and prosecute cases that have physical evidence, but it is
not impossible to go forward without it. You can file a report or ask
police to pursue charges even if you have not had evidence collected.
Will my parents be told?
Whether you are the complainant or the accused student, the campus’
primary relationship is to the student and not to the parent. However,
in the event of major medical, disciplinary, or academic jeopardy,
students are strongly encouraged to inform their parents or guardian or
another family member. university officials will directly inform these
individuals when requested to do so by a student, or in certain
instances where a health or safety emergency exist.
What about changing residence hall rooms?
If you want to move, you may request a room change. Room changes
under these circumstances are considered emergencies. It is the
University’s policy that in emergency room changes, the student is moved
to the first available suitable room.
The alleged perpetrator
may be moved or suspended immediately and temporarily depending on the
facts reported, and the permanence of this action will be based upon the
outcome of the conduct hearing or the need for continuing temporary
action against the accused.
You can learn of other resources
available to you by contacting the Vice President forStudent Affairs or
a Title IX Coordinator.
Will a student be sanctioned when reporting a sexual discrimination or harassment
policy violation if he/she has illegally used drugs or alcohol?
The severity of the infraction will determine the nature of the
campus’ response, but whenever possible the university will respond
educationally rather than punitively to the illegal use of drugs and/or
alcohol. The seriousness of sexual discrimination or harassment is a major concern and the
campus does not want any of the circumstances (e.g., drug or alcohol
use) to inhibit the reporting of sexual discrimination or harassment.
Will either party's prior use of drugs and/or alcohol be a factor
when reporting sexual discrimination or harassment?
Not unless there is a compelling reason to believe that prior use or
abuse is relevant to the present complaint.