Southern Oregon University Notice of Nondiscrimination
“No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in,
be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program
or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”
Title IX, Education Amendments of 1972
Southern Oregon University is an institution that maintains a commitment to diversity and inclusion which includes diversity of sex, gender, and gender identity or expression. Provisions,such as Oregon HB 3415 and Title IX, that prohibit sex and gender discrimination, are still very necessary to counter discriminatory acts that occur on many campuses including our own. To resolve these disparities, we comply with both state and federal law by designating the following individuals to serve as the University Equity Grievance and Title IX team members:
Stevenson Union 321
Deputy Title IX Coordinators
Dr. Jody Waters
Associate Provost &Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Churchill Hall 113
Dean of Students & Deputy Title IX coordinator
Stevenson Union 321
Executive Director of Student Health and Wellness Center
Student Health and Wellness Center
Any student, employee, or applicant for employment or admission to the University, who believes that they have been discriminated against on the basis of sex, may file a complaint with any of the people listed above. The Director of Equity Grievance/Title IX Coordinator will assist the complainant in identifying the appropriate policy and grievance procedure to resolve the complaint in a timely and equitable manner.
Title IX and Sexual Harassment and Sexual Misconduct
Southern Oregon University recognizes that the provisions of Title IX through the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination (SaVE) Act extend to sexual harassment, sexual violence, dating and domestic violence, and stalking behavior. As an institution, we have a duty to stop, prevent, and remedy any reports of sexual misconduct that affect the members of our campus community. The Equity Grievance or Title IX investigation is not a criminal investigation.
Campus Choice is Southern Oregon University’s system of addressing sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.
Through Campus Choice you can access Confidential Advisors who are able to explain all of your options as well as guide and accompany you through any process in which you choose to take part.
SOU Confidential Advisors are specially trained professionals who are available to survivors or those who know a survivor to answer questions, provide information, and help navigate the options available at SOU as well as in the community. It is recommended that if you or someone who know has experienced, has questions, or needs help that you start with a SOU Confidential Advisor. To access confidential advising, please contact:
Director of Equity Grievance
Stevenson Union 321
SOU Confidential Advisors and medical and counseling staff at the SOU Student Health and Wellness Center, put survivors at the center of confidential care. No other group, faculty, staff, or administrator on our campus can guarantee that what you tell them will be held in confidence.
Students can also seek private advocacy from the identity-based Resource Center Coordinators, who can provide great resources and support. However, this support is not fully confidential and some information may be passed on to the Confidential Advisor.
CAMPUS REPORTING OPTIONS
1. Anonymous Reports
Anonymous reports for SOU victims of sexual misconduct can be submitted by clicking on the following link: Southern Oregon University Anonymous Harassment, Violence, and Interpersonal Misconduct Form . Please note that SOU’s response will be limited because the report is being submitted anonymously.
2. Confidential Reports
Confidential reports for SOU victims of sexual assault can be submitted by completing the Southern Oregon University Anonymous Harassment, Violence, and Interpersonal Misconduct Form and completing the last section.
Confidential reporting is also guaranteed when you report to SOU Confidential Advisor Angela Fleischer or the Student Health and Wellness Center medical and counseling staff as listed under options for Confidential Advisor.
3. Formal Reports
Formal reports may be made to SOU Title IX Confidential Advisor or Title IX Deputy Coordinators (listed above).
COMMUNITY REPORTING OPTIONS
The YOU HAVE OPTIONS Program
The nationally acclaimed Ashland Police Department (APD) victim/survivor-centered sexual assault response and reporting You Have Options Program provides an online reporting form that gives you the option to make an anonymous report. The website provides comprehensive information about your reporting options, frequently asked questions about sexual assault reporting, and local resources for victims/survivors of sexual assault.
Community Works Sexual Assault Victim Services (SAVS)
SAVS advocates are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by calling 541-779-4357 or 855-216-2111. This service is free and confidential. Community Works SAVS Advocates are not mandated reporters as mandated by Oregon State Law.
OTHER SUPPORT SYSTEMS and ADVOCATES
There are plenty of trustworthy people at SOU who want to support you and can point you in the right direction of resources. They can be mentors, faculty and/or staff. However, it is important for you to remember that they cannot guarantee confidentiality. Only the two confidential resources listed above - Interim Director of Equity Grievance Angela Fleischer or Student Health and Wellness Center medical or counseling staff - are able to make that guarantee at SOU.
SOU prohibits retaliation against individuals who engage in reporting a complaint of sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, dating or domestic violence, and/or stalking. Retaliatory behavior is regarded as additional misconduct and may lead to increased sanctions.
As always in the case of an emergency, call 911 to reach the Ashland Police Department and Campus Public Safety.