Your Rights Under Title IX
What you need to know about gender discrimination and sexual harassment
The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma is committed to creating and maintaining an environment for all students, faculty and staff which is free of objectionable and disrespectful conduct and communication. The university PROHIBITS gender discrimination in any form, including sexual harassment. All students, faculty and staff are required to comply with this policy.
This section provides an overview gender discrimination and sexual harassment, what to do if you experience either, options for reporting, and campus and community resources.
Gender discrimination is unequal or disadvantageous treatment of an individual or group of individuals based on gender. Sexual harassment is a form of illegal gender discrimination.
Gender discrimination can be treating an individual differently based upon his/her gender in academia or extracurricular activities, academic programs, discipline, classroom assignment, physical education, grading and/or athletics.
The following types of conduct may constitute gender discrimination: a faculty hiring only male work study students, a professor giving higher grades to female students, a coach only allowing males to play during an intramural game.
Sexual misconduct is a broad term encompassing any unwelcome behavior of a sexual nature that is committed without consent or by force, intimidations, coercion or manipulation. These offenses include, but are not limited to, sexual harassment, sex discrimination, non-consensual sexual intercourse, non-consensual sexual contact, sexual coercion, domestic/dating violence, stalking and sexual exploitation.
- SEXUAL HARASSMENT: Any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that is so sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive that it limits a person’s ability to participate in or benefit from an educational program or activity. Examples of sexual harassment include inappropriate touching or patting, displaying sexually, demeaning, or offensive objects and pictures, sexually suggestive jokes or innuendos, suggestive or insulting sounds, whistles, or catcalls, derogatory degrading, sexist remarks about a person’s body, clothing, or sexual activities.
- NON-CONSENSUAL SEXUAL CONTACT: Any intentional touching, however slight, with any object, that is without consent and/or by force.
- NON-CONSENSUAL SEXUAL INTERCOURSE: Any sexual intercourse, however slight, with any object, that is without consent and/or by force.
- DATING VIOLENCE & DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: Intimidation, harassment, physical abuse or interference with the personal liberty of any person who is a current or former spouse, intimate partner, domestic partner, dating partner or member of one’s family or household. This includes, but is not limited to: persons who have or have had a dating or engagement relationship or a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature, current or former spouses, domestic partners, parents, children, stepchildren and other persons related by blood or by current or prior marriage, persons who share or formerly shared a common dwelling, persons who have or allegedly have a child in common, persons who share or allegedly share a relationship through a child and personal assistants and personal caregivers for the elderly or disabled.
- STALKING: Conduct directed at a specific person that is unwelcome and that would cause a reasonable person to fear for their safety (or the safety of a third party) or suffer other emotional distress. This may include any actions directed at another person, whether done directly, indirectly, through others, via devices or via any other methods or means. Stalking is a form of harassment and is a criminal offense in the State of Oklahoma according to Title 21 of the Oklahoma Statutes.
- EFFECTIVE CONSENT: Informed, freely and actively given, mutually understandable words or actions which indicate a willingness to participate in mutually agreed upon, specific sexual activity. A person can withdraw consent at any time. Initiators of sexual activity are responsible for obtaining effective consent. Consent is not considered effective if obtained from an individual who is incapable of giving consent due to mental, developmental or physical disability; is under the legal age to give consent; or is intoxicated by alcohol or under the influence of drugs.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU OR A FRIEND EXPERIENCE SEXUAL VIOLENCE
If you or someone you know has safety concerns or needs medical attention, dial 911 or go to a local emergency room immediately. If you have been the victim of sexual misconduct, there are many choices and decisions to be made. USAO Counseling Services is a source of confidential reporting and is available to help you. Other resources/personnel may also assist however only the counselor can maintain confidentiality. Other resources would have to report to the Title IX Coordinator.
If someone decides not to report sexual misconduct, the individual should consider counseling with a trained professional who can provide significant support and assistance in the healing process.
Individuals who have experienced sexual misconduct may seek reasonable accommodations in their academic, living, transportation or working situations. Such accommodations are available regardless of whether the individual chooses to report the crime to campus security or local law enforcement or to file a formal complaint with the University.
OPTIONS FOR REPORTING SEXUAL ASSAULT, DISCRIMINATION OR HARRASSMENT
USAO strongly encourages individuals to report incidents of sexual misconduct to university officials as soon as possible after the assault has occurred. In order to best preserve evidence, campus security or local law enforcement should be contacted as soon as possible after an assault has occurred. Preserving evidence may be necessary for the proof of criminal domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking or in obtaining a protective order.
Complainants may report alleged sexual misconduct to any USAO administrator, supervisor, faculty member, coach or athletic trainer. Reports may also be made directly to the Title IX Coordinator or Title IX Deputy Coordinators. University employees who receive a report of sexual misconduct are obligated to further report the complaint to the Title IX Coordinator or designee. The USAO counselor is a source of confidential reporting and may keep such reports confidential.
WHO TO CONTACT TO REPORT MISCONDUCT
University Title IX Coordinator
Monica M Trevino
Vice President for Enrollment Management & Student Affairs
(405) 574-1226 (office)
(405) 574-1220 (fax)
Faculty & Staff
Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Vice President for Business and Finance
(405) 574-1333 (office)
(405) 574-1397 (fax)
Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Dean of Students
(405) 574-1330 (office)
(405) 574-1220 (fax)
For Confidential Reporting Resources, Contact:
Catelyn Perry, Director of Counseling
Office: (405) 574-1326
USAO Security: (405) 222-8066
Monica Treviño, Title IX Coordinator: (405) 574-1357
Nancy Hughes, Deputy Title IX Coordinator: (405) 574-1330
Mike Coponiti, Deputy Title IX Coordinator: (405) 574-1333
Counseling Services: (405) 574-1326
Chickasha Police Department
- Emergency: 911
- Non-Emergency: (405) 222-6050
Grady Co. Sheriff’s Department: (405) 224-0984
Grady Memorial Hospital: (405) 224-2300
Grady Co. District Attorney’s Office: (405) 224-4770
Options Counseling: (405) 222-3018
Lighthouse Christian Guidance Center: (405) 222-8267
Byte & Associates: (405) 222-4786
Southwest Youth & Family Services: (405) 222-5437
Red Rock Behavioral Health Services: (405) 222-0622
Women’s Service & Family Resource Center Crisis Line: (405) 222-1818
Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Hotline: (800) 522-7233
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Hotline: (800) 273-8255
Educational opportunities regarding sexual assault and its prevention are offered through the Student Services office. Programming will continue to be offered to the residence halls, athletic teams, as well as other interested groups.
Confidentiality shall be maintained to the greatest extent possible within the requirements of conducting reasonable investigations. Only those who have an immediate need to know may find out the identity of the parties.
It is illegal to retaliate against anyone who complains about sexual harassment or assists in a sexual harassment complaint. Retaliation, threats, or other forms of intimidation against any party involved will not be tolerated.