You have filed a report of sexual misconduct with Oberlin College. If you haven’t already met with Rebecca Mosely, Title IX coordinator in the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, she'll contact you in a timely manner to discuss support and resolution options that are available to you. Reporting to the college gives you access to accommodations, and Rebecca will work with you to determine accommodations that will help you feel safer. Some examples are:
- referrals to counseling or health care,
- housing accommodations (such as an emergency single),
- help negotiating campus space safely through no contact notices,
- academic accommodations through class deans, or
- changes in job schedule or work assignment.
You may not know what you'd like to do next. You may not even know exactly what happened to you. The college will provide support to help you make decisions, and autonomy so the decisions you make are right for you. At all times, the college will balance respect for your resolution preferences with the college's obligation to protect individual and campus safety.
After experiencing sexual misconduct, it can be helpful to seek medical assistance. Depending on the nature of the misconduct, you may need emergency contraception, STI testing, or basic medical care. The Sexual Assault Care Unit at the Nord Center has the facilities and skill set to respond to sexual violence and provide you with a safe atmosphere.
The Nord Center: Sexual Assault Care Unit
6140 South Broadway, Lorain, OH 44053
24-hour Hotline: 1-800-888-6161
Regular Line: 440-233-7232
It's important for you to know that pursuing Oberlin College’s resolution process doesn't mean you can't, or shouldn't, also go through police or legal processes as well. You should explore all of your options, whether they are internal or external to the college. You can make a report to the police on your own, or with assistance from the college. You also have the right to decline to notify the authorities.
Under Ohio law, all residents of Ohio must report felonies, including felony sexual misconduct. This legal requirement means that Rebecca Mosely, the Title IX coordinator, or Safety and Security will report any potential felony to the Oberlin Police Department. The police department will likely ask to meet with you, explain the process, and ensure you are aware of available services. The police department will not force you to participate in an investigation.
Rebecca can also connect you to community agencies that provide advocates to anyone who wants a civil protection order. The college will honor any such order of protection or similar order issued by a court. You have the right to utilitze other legal processes while also participating in a college investigation.
Preserving physical evidence can be useful if you decide to pursue legal action against the person who committed the sexual misconduct. Ways to preserve physical evidence include: not showering or bathing, not washing clothes worn at the time of the sexual misconduct, and saving any electronic or written communication between you and the person who committed the sexual misconduct.
Under the Sexual Misconduct Policy that covers Title IX, anyone involved in a report of sexual misconduct is protected against retaliation. That means that you are not allowed to retaliate against the person you named in the report, and the person you named can't retaliate against you. The college takes all reports of retaliation seriously, and sometimes, even when no fault is found in a report of a violation of the sexual misconduct policy, disciplinary action can be taken because of retaliation.
Privacy and Confidentiality
Information about this report will be kept private by the members of the Title IX team except for information they are required by law to share with the police. There may be limited members of the campus community who are given private “need to know” information in order to assist with interim measures or the review, investigation, and resolution of your report. These people will be discreet and will respect the privacy of everyone involved.
The college may not discuss the report made about you with your parents or advisors unless you sign a FERPA release that allows us to do that. FERPA releases are available in the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Carnegie Building, 204.
Advisors, Support Persons, and the Role of Attorneys
You are entitled to advice and support during the resolution process. If the report proceeds to formal resolution, Rebecca Mosely, the Title IX coordinator, will meet with you to advise you of your rights under the college's policy. Rebecca does not participate directly in formal resolution process.
You may be assisted by an advisor you select either on your own or from a list of campus members who have undergone Title IX training to guide someone through the pre-hearing and hearing process. Your advisor may accompany you to any college investigative, administrative meeting, or hearing.
You may also be assisted by an emotional support person of your choice. The support person is a silent and non-participating presence who is there solely to observe and provide moral support during the college hearing.
Attorneys, or family members acting as attorneys, may not participate in the proceedings outside of the role of advisor as described above. As mentioned above, you have a right to an advisor of your choice, and you may choose an attorney to fill this role at your own expense.
Sexual Misconduct Policy
The Oberlin College Sexual Misconduct Policy that covers Title IX describes in detail the the college’s expectations about student, staff, and faculty conduct, the kind of conduct that's prohibited, information about how the college responds to reports of sexual misconduct, and resources and support options available to the Oberlin campus community.
The Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion website describes the policy in a condensed version, and includes details about interim measures, support resources, and grievance procedures. Although this website focuses on the college process, it is not intended to suggest that any particular process is best suited to meeting your needs.
We encourage you to seek advice from resources on and off campus so you can make informed decisions.
Resources and Support
There are a range of resources and support options available to someone who makes a report of sexual misconduct to the college.
The Counseling Center provides psychological support to Oberlin students on a short-term basis and gives referrals to private counselors in the Oberlin area if necessary. The center is funded through tuition, and there are no fees to Oberlin students, though students are responsible for the cost of external services.
Student Health Services provides primary care services and follow-up care to Oberlin College students for a broad spectrum of illnesses and injuries including men's and women's health services.
The Office of Religious and Spiritual Life is a multifaith resource center that supports religious practice, education, service, and activism, and provides spiritual support and counseling.
by appointment in Peters G24
or through the Nord Sexual Assault Services Hotline, 440-204-4359
Melissa Counts is an advocate with Nord Sexual Assault Services who comes to campus on Wednesday and Thursday to provide acute crisis services and on-going support to individuals who have experienced sexual harm.
Cleveland Rape Crisis Center
1228 Euclid Ave., Suite 200, Cleveland, OH 44115
24-hour Hotline: 216-619-6192
Cleveland Rape Crisis Center provides free, comprehensive healing and advocacy services to survivors of sexualized violence and sex trafficking and the people who support them.
Buckeye Region Anti-Violence Organization
Toll-Free Help Line: 1-866-862-7286
BRAVO offers advocacy and assistance for hate crimes, discrimination, domestic violence, and sexual assault. BRAVO is a founding member of the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP).
Lorain County Mental Health Crisis Hotline
24-hour Hotline: 1-800-888-6161
The Lorain County Mental Health Hotline is a confidential support, referral and crisis evaluation service. Trained mental health professionals answer the hotline 24 hours, 7 days a week.
Family Planning Services of Lorain County
602 Leona St., Elyria, OH 44035
Family Planning Services of Lorain County is a non-profit, reproductive healthcare organization that provides confidential, high quality, and low-cost reproductive health care to men and women, including exams, birth control, emergency contraception, pregnancy testing, STI screening and treatment, and health education.
24-hour Hotline: 440-244-1853 / 440-323-3400
Genesis House provides a comprehensive range of family-focused services for people in Lorain County who experience domestic violence.
The Nord Center Sexual Assault Care Unit
6140 S. Broadway, Lorain, OH 44053
24-hour Hotline: 1-800-888-6161
Regular Line: 440-233-7232
Nord Center Sexual Assault Services offers support during sexual assault evidence collection, advocacy throughout legal proceedings, short-term crisis intervention, individual or group support, referrals for psychological counseling, and support for family members and significant others.
NEED TO KNOW: The hotline may be staffed by Oberlin students; you can request an advocate who is not an Oberlin student.
Lorain Planned Parenthood
200 W. 9th St., Lorain, OH 44052
Lorain Planned Parenthood offers abortion referral, birth control, general health care, HIV testing, LGBT services, the morning-after pill (emergency contraception), pregnancy testing and services, STD testing, treatment and vaccines, and men's and women's health care.
The Preterm Clinic
12000 Shaker Blvd., Cleveland, OH 441202
The Preterm Clinic provides abortion care and related services to women of Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, and Northeast Ohio.
Please contact the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at 440-775-8555 for questions, or for any additional resources assistance.
Title IX coordinator