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Summarized Policy on Sexual Misconduct

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Statement of Policy

Northwestern Oklahoma State University is committed to addressing sexual misconduct.  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 students, faculty, employees, or staff is a violation of both the law and the Regional University’s Policies. 

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 reason 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 authorities choose not to prosecute.

The Sexual Misconduct and Stalking Policy applies to students and employees regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

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 prevent, 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 Title IX Coordinator, 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 begin once the victim has reported a crime and requested an investigation or the Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) has determined that an investigation will take place in order to provide a safe, non-discriminatory environment for all students.  The SART team will perform all investigations of sexual misconduct.  The investigation may include, but is not limited to, conducting interviews of the complainant, the alleged perpetrator, and any witnesses; reviewing law enforcement investigation documents, if applicable; reviewing student and personnel files; and gathering and examining other relevant documents or evidence.  The investigation will begin as soon as the complaint is filed and will be resolved within 60 days.  The victim and alleged perpetrator will be notified if additional time is needed to render a decision.

Sexual Assault Prevention

Northwestern Oklahoma State University undertakes various prevention activities in an effort to create a safe, secure, and hostile free environment that is conducive to the educational and personal developmental needs of students.  The University encourages students and employees to be responsible for their own security and the security of others.  NWOSU prohibits the offenses of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.  Prevention activities include but are not limited to:

1.      Seminars:  Seminars will be presented each semester.  The seminar will include information pertaining to relationship violence, sexual assault and stalking aimed at creating an awareness of sexual issues and promoting an environment of open communication between males and females.

2.      Residence Hall Orientation:  A required orientation presented to residents at the beginning of each year covering topics involving sexual assault prevention, reporting and campus policies.  

3.      Sexual Assault Orientation:  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.

4.      Mini-Lectures:  Mini-lectures are presented through the Counseling Center.  The lectures are available, upon request, by faculty members or campus organizations.

5.      Prevention Media:  Various pamphlets, posters, and articles are distributed across campus promoting the awareness and prevention of campus sexual assault.  Information is also distributed through available NWOSU media outlets.

6.      Emails:  Information on dating violence, domestic violence, cyber stalking, stalking, sexual assault, sexual harassment, sexual assault and rape are frequently sent out to students, faculty and staff to increase awareness and promote reporting.

7.      DVD’s:  DVD’s are available to students, employees, and campus organizations through the Office of Counseling.

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 Calleb Mosburg, Dean of  Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, Northwestern Oklahoma State University, 709 Oklahoma Boulevard, Alva, OK 73717, (580) 327-8415.