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
- 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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
DVD’s: DVD’s are available to
students, employees, and campus organizations through the Office of Counseling.
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
- Approaching or confronting that individual in a public
place or on private property.
- Appearing at the workplace or residence of that
- 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.
- Surveillance or other types of observation.
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.