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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
Susan Walsh

Associate Provost
Churchill Hall 113
walsh@sou.edu
541-552-6122

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
541-552-6459

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 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 Advocates
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 three designated confidential Southern Oregon University Sexual Assault Victims Services (SAVS) advocates or with the SOU Student Health and Wellness Center. These four resources put survivors at the center of confidential care:

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

Coordinator
Women’s Resource Center
Stevenson Union 100
541-552-6217

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

Students may also use the Student Health and Wellness Center as a place to disclose information that they would like to be confidential. The Student Health and Wellness Center can be contacted at 541-552-6136.

Aside from these four entities, no other group, faculty, staff, or administrator on our campus can guarantee that what you tell them will be held in confidence.

The You Have Options Program
The Ashland Police Department's (APD) victim/survivor-centered sexual assault response and reporting options program, The You Have Options Program, has received national acclaim. The You Have Options Program website (reportingoptions.org) has an online reporting form that gives you the option to report anonymously and includes information about your reporting options, frequently asked questions about sexual assault reporting, and local resources for victims/survivors of sexual assault.

Anonymous Reporting
Anonymous reports for SOU victims of sexual misconduct can also 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.

Community Works Sexual Assault Victim Services (SAVS) 
Community Works 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

The Circle of 6 - a free app for iPhone and Android

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. 

REPORTING OPTIONS

Anonymous Reports

Formal Reports

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 or Campus Public Safety at 541-552-6911.