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What are my duties as a “Responsible Employee?”

A responsible employee must report to the Title IX Coordinator all relevant details about the alleged sexual misconduct shared by the reporting person. This report must include the names of the person who experienced the sexual misconduct, alleged perpetrator(s), any witnesses, and any other relevant facts, including the date, time and specific location of the alleged incident.

How can I make sure students know about my duty to report in advance?

As faculty, you may consider including a statement in your syllabus and going over it on the first day of class with other important information. 

All faculty and staff should, whenever possible, ensure that the individual understands your reporting obligations in advance. If you sense an individual is about to disclose a matter you must report, you may politely interrupt to say: "It sounds like you may want to share something with me, and I want to hear what you have to say. Before you do, please know that I have a duty to report certain matters under Title IX. If that is OK with you, please continue. If you desire confidentiality, I can connect you with a confidential resource."

Where can I make a report of sexual misconduct?

Any person who has experienced sexual misconduct or gender-based discrimination is encouraged to report an incident to one or more of the following agencies:

To initiate a complaint against any person (employee, student, visitor or another non-affiliated individual), you may contact the University Title IX Coordinator

  • Any individual at a UCO location not on the main campus (such as ACM@UCO, UCO Downtown, UCO Jazz Lab, etc.) may initiate a complaint of discrimination or harassment to the offices above as appropriate, or to the on-site director of the program.
  • After-Hours or Holiday Complaints: In the event individual wishes to initiate a complaint of discrimination or harassment after regular university office hours, or when offices are closed for university holidays, the individual should contact the University of Central Oklahoma Police Services. Their telephone number is 405-974-2345.
  • Note -  Everyone is required to report child abuse and neglect to DHS (DHS hotline #: 1-800-522-3511) and local law enforcement; there are no exceptions. If the child is in imminent danger, call 911 and the DHS hotline. 

 

What is the difference between privacy and confidentiality? 

When a report is made to the University, this becomes a part of a student's PRIVATE education record and it is governed by FERPA. Every reasonable effort will be made to protect the privacy of all parties during the investigation, consistent with and subject to the University’s need to investigate the complaint and/or implement decisions made in order to resolve the complaint. It must be understood that in order to permit the University to carry out its obligation to investigate all complaints fairly and to ensure that non-discrimination is a reality within the University community, no responsible employee of the University is authorized to promise complete confidentiality to any person who possesses information relevant to the investigation of a complaint, including the complainant.

More information about student privacy rights of education records under FERPA can be found at the Office of Student Conduct.

Because any apparent violation of University policy must be addressed, complete confidentiality may not be possible. An individual who insists on confidentiality as a condition of disclosing a complaint may be advised of the opportunity to consult with confidential resources with whom such matters may be discussed in confidence. Consulting with confidential resources does not constitute the initiation of a complaint. Medical and mental health professionals 

What if the conduct occurred off campus?

University Policy may be applied to individuals when the conduct occurs "off-campus" when the conduct occurs in the context of a University employment or education program or activity, including, but not limited to, University-sponsored study abroad, research, online, or internship programs; or the conduct occurs outside the context of a University employment or education program or activity but has continuing adverse effects on or creates a hostile environment for Students, Employees or Third Parties while on University grounds or other property owned or controlled by the University or in any University employment or education program or activity.

Is there a time limit for filing reports?

No time limit exists for reporting sexual misconduct to the University; however, the University’s ability to respond may diminish over time, as evidence may erode, memories may fade, and Respondents may no longer be affiliated with the University. If the Respondent is no longer affiliated with the University, the University will provide reasonably appropriate remedial measures, assist the Complainant in identifying external reporting options, and take reasonable steps to eliminate Prohibited Conduct, prevent its recurrence, and remedy its effects.

What should faculty be aware of concerning pregnant/parenting students and absences? 

UCO is committed to supporting the academic success of pregnant and parenting students.

Consistent with this commitment and guidance issued by the Department of Education in June 2013, the UCO Faculty Handbook (Section 3.1.e.) recognizes the rights of pregnant and parenting students regarding absences.

Title IX applies equally to men and women. It requires universities to provide reasonable modifications for pregnant and parenting students (e.g. incompletes, medical withdrawals, alteration of practicum locations or schedules, ability to make-up exams, missed assignments, participation points, etc.). These circumstances vary depending on the situation of the student, course load, and course type.

Fathers also have certain parental rights under Title IX, entitling them to similar modifications where there is a documented need.

The type of remedy that is “reasonable” can depend on the specific circumstances of the student, course type, and when in the semester the situation arises. Faculty may contact their department chair and Title IX Coordinator for more information regarding requests from pregnant/parenting students.