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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 expression. Provisions, such as 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 Title IX by designating the following individuals to serve as the University Title IX Coordinator and University Deputy Coordinators:

University Title IX Coordinator
Jay Stephens

Director of Human Resources
Churchill Hall 156
stephenj1@sou.edu
541-552-8557

Title IX Deputy Coordinator for Faculty
Jody Waters

Associate Provost
Churchill Hall 113
watersj@sou.edu
541-552-6121


Title IX Deputy Coordinators for Students
Taylor Burke

Director, Student Support and Intervention
Stevenson Union 321
taylor.burke@sou.edu
541-552-6652

Casey Clithero
Community Standards Coordinator
Stevenson Union 321
clitheroc@sou.edu
541-552-6222

Marjorie Trueblood-Gamble
Director, Diversity and Inclusion
Stevenson Union 321
truebloom@sou.edu
541-552-645
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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 University Title IX Coordinator and Deputy Coordinators will assist the complainant in identifying the appropriate policy and grievance procedure to resolve the complaint in a timely and equitable manner. The SOU Title IX Coordinator and Deputy Coordinators may consult with others, as needed, to resolve the complaint in the most effective 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 Title IX Coordinator and Deputy Coordinators will be responsible for ensuring that the survivor has been made aware of all options for resources, as well as conduct an administrative investigation of the incident. The Title IX investigation is not a criminal investigation.

ADVOCACY OPTIONS
Confidential Advisors
SOU understands that reporting can be perceived as an intimidating process. To ensure that our response to sexual misconduct is both survivor-centered and compliant, we offer survivors the opportunity to discuss all options that SOU can provide with one of our two designated confidential Southern Oregon University Sexual Assault Victims Services (SAVS) advocates or with the SOU Student Health and Wellness Center.

These three resources 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.

Angela Fleischer, Student Services Case Manager
Student Support and Intervention
Stevenson Union 321
fleischea@sou.edu
541-552-7079

janelle wilson, Coordinator
Queer Resource Center
Stevenson Union 125
wilsonjan@sou.edu
541-552-8328

Student Health and Wellness Center
Medical and Counseling Professionals
541-552-6137

 

CAMPUS REPORTING OPTIONS
1. Anonymous Reports 
Anonymous reports for SOU victims of sexual misconduct can be submitted by clicking on the following link: SOU Anonymous Sexual Assault Report 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 SOU Anonymous Sexual Assault Report Form and completing the last section.

Confidential reporting is also guaranteed when you report to one of the Confidential Advisors or Student Health and Wellness Center medical and counseling staff as listed at Advocacy Options/Confidential Advisors.

3. Formal Reports 
Formal reports may be made to SOU Confidential Advisors, Title IX Deputy Coordinators, or Campus Public Safety.

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) 
Community Works Sexual Assault 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 three confidential resources listed above are able to make that guarantee at SOU.

RETALIATION
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.