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Summarized Policy on Sexual Misconduct

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Statement of Policy

Northwestern Oklahoma State University does not condone any form of sexual misconduct, whether physical, mental, verbal, or emotional in nature. This includes actions that are demeaning and includes but is not limited to: rape, acquaintance rape, sexual battery, and sexual harassment. Sexual misconduct by any member of the university community including student, faculty, and staff is a violation of both the law and the Regent University System of Oklahoma’s policy. In order to create a safe and healthy environment, it is the responsibility of faculty, staff, and students to report any sexual misconduct to university officials. If there is probable cause to believe the university’s policies prohibiting sexual misconduct have been violated the university may pursue the matter as misconduct warranting disciplinary action by the university, even if law enforcement and authorities choose not to prosecute.

Examples of Prohibited Conduct

Conduct prohibited by this policy may include, but is not limited to:

  • Unwelcome sexual flirtation, advances or propositions for sexual activity.
  • Continued or repeated verbal abuse of a sexual nature, such as suggestive comments and sexually explicit jokes.
  • Sexually degrading language to describe an individual.
  • Remarks of a sexual nature to describe a person’s body or clothing.
  • Display of sexually demeaning objects and pictures.
  • Offensive physical contact such as unwelcome touching, pinching or brushing the body.
  • Coerced sexual intercourse.
  • Actions indicating that benefits will be failed or lost based on response to sexual advances.

Retaliation

Any attempt to penalize or retaliate against a person for filing a complaint or participating in the investigation of a complaint of sexual misconduct will be treated as a separate and distinct violation of the Sexual Misconduct Policy.

Reporting

Cases of sexual misconduct should be reported to the Campus Police, the Student Affairs Office or the School Counselor. All reports of sexual misconduct will be filed with the NWOSU Affirmative Action Compliance Officer. (In order to best preserve evidence campus police should be contacted as soon as possible after an assault has occurred.)

Investigation Process

The University reserves the right to take whatever measures it deems necessary in response to an allegation of sexual misconduct in order to protect students' rights and personal safety.

An investigation will occur as to whether there has been a violation of university policy as well as criminal laws.  Whether to prosecute criminally is at the discretion of the local district attorney, at the request of the student, in determining what is best for him or her.

To the extent possible, the University will make every effort to maintain the privacy of all parties involved in alleged sexual offenses, relationship violence, harassment, and stalking incidences.  Privacy, however, cannot be guaranteed in some incidences due to the responsibility to the overall campus safety.

After sexual assault is reported, law mandates that the following be observed:

·The University must promptly complete an investigation of the allegations.

·During the investigation related to the student conduct violation, a standard of preponderance of evidence   will be the standard used to determine the outcome.  This standard is not the same level of proof needed for a criminal prosecution.

·Orders of no contact can be implemented to protect the victim.

·Temporary suspension of an alleged perpetrator is sometimes warranted.


Sexual Assault Prevention

Northwestern Oklahoma State University undertakes various prevention activities in an effort to create a safe and secure environment that is conducive to the educational and personal development needs of the students. Prevention activities include but are not limited to:

 

  • Seminars - Seminars will be presented each semester. The seminars will have an open discussion format aimed at creating an awareness of sexual assault issues and at promoting communication between male and female students.
  • Residence Hall Orientation - A required orientation presented to residents at the beginning of each year. Security measures are discussed in an effort to prevent crime and to promote a safe and secure environment for residents.
  • Campus Escort Service - A 24-hour escort service is provided to NWOSU students by campus police in an effort to prevent assaults from occurring. A Crime Awareness Pamphlet reporting campus crime statistics will also be made available to students each year.
  • Mini-Lectures - Mini-lectures are presented through the Counseling Center and Student Health Services. The lectures are available upon request by any faculty member or campus organization.
  • Prevention Media - Various pamphlets and posters are distributed across campus promoting the awareness and prevention of campus sexual assault.
  • DVD's - DVD's are available to faculty and campus organizations through the Counseling Center and Student Health Services.
  • Publication of a Sexual Misconduct Policy - The Sexual Misconduct Policy is published in the Student Handbook, the Faculty Handbook, and the Employee Handbook; furthermore, copies of the policy are distributed across campus.

Stalking Policy

Northwestern Oklahoma State University prohibits stalking. The stalking policy applies equally to all members of the NWOSU community; students, faculty, administrators, staff, contract employees, and visitors. Actions resulting in charges of stalking under this policy may also be subject to criminal/civil sanctions independent of actions by the University.

Stalking is defined as any person who willfully, maliciously, and repeatedly follows or harasses another person in a manner that 1)would cause a reasonable person or member of the immediate family of that person to feel frightened, intimidated, threatened, harassed, or molested; and 2) actually causes the person being followed or harassed to feel terrorized, frightened, intimidated, threatened, harassed, or molested. These behaviors could result in criminal charges. Such behavior includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Following or appearing within the sight of that individual.
  • Approaching or confronting that individual in a public place or on private property.
  • Appearing at the workplace or residence of that individual.
  • Threatening or obscene gestures.
  • Repeated or continuing non-consensual communication, including personal contact, telephone calls, voice messages, electronic mail, written correspondence, unwanted gifts, etc.
  • Non-consensual touching.
  • Trespassing.
  • Vandalism.
  • Surveillance or other types of observation.
AFFIRMATIVE ACTION COMPLIANCE STATEMENT 
This institution, in compliance with Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008, and other applicable federal laws and regulations, and to the extent required by law, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, physical or mental disability, or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. This includes, but is not limited to, admissions, employment, financial aid, and educational services. Inquiries concerning the application of these programs should be made to Brad Franz, Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, Northwestern Oklahoma State University, 709 Oklahoma Boulevard, Alva, OK 73717, (580) 327-8415.