You've been notified that someone has identified you in a report to the college about a violation of the Sexual Misconduct Policy that covers Title IX. If you haven’t already met with Rebecca Mosely, Title IX coordinator in the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, she will contact you in a timely manner to discuss the resolution process and support options that are available to you.
Rebecca's job is not to determine fault in a report, but rather to facilitate the resolution process, to find ways for the parties involved to be safe, and to make sure they are aware of their rights and responsibilities.
The college has an obligation to investigate all reported violations of the sexual misconduct policy. It conducts these investigations in a fair and impartial way that does not presume responsibility without evidence. It’s important to know that the college is required under Ohio law to report information about a possible felonies to the Oberlin Police Department for an investigation that is completely separate from the college's resolution process.
The college’s resolution process can take a few different paths depending upon the preference of the person who named you in a report (the reporting party). Information about the resolution process can be found in the Oberlin College Sexual Misconduct Policy that covers Title IX, which describes in detail 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 which may involve either an informal or formal resolution.
Every new violation report is assessed by the Title IX team, and the team may determine that temporary measures (interim measures) need to be taken to stabilize the situation, stop the sexual misconduct, support the people involved in the report and the community, and protect the integrity of the investigation. Examples of interim measures could be:
- referrals to counseling,
- a no contact order between you and person who named you in the report,
- housing or work schedule changes,
- academic accommodations through class deans,
- or a temporary suspension.
Under the Sexual Misconduct Policy that covers Title IX, anyone involved in a report of sexual misconduct is protected against retaliation. That means that the person who made the report can’t retaliate against you, and you're are not allowed to retaliate against the person who named you in the report.
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, that covers Title IX 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 (more on that below). 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.
Under Ohio law, all residents of Ohio, except for people in positions that are given confidential status, must report possible felonies, including felony sexual misconduct, to law enforcement. This means that the college may be required to contact the police about the report that was made about you.
There are confidential support options available to you who are not required to report to law enforcement. More information about that is listed below.
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.
Advisor, Support Persons, and the Role of Attorneys
You are entitled to advice and support during the resolution process. If formal charges are filed against you, 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.
The following resources are meant to be accessible to people who have been reported for a violation of the sexual offense policy. Not all of these resources will work for everyone, but we hope that you will find something here that is useful to you.
Anyone accused of violating the sexual offense policy may seek confidential support from the Counseling Center and the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life. These offices cannot legally disclose information received in the course of their formal duties unless there is a clear and immediate threat to the safety of the individual in question or others.
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.
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.
Title IX Student Advocate
The Title IX student advocate is available to meet with students and alumni to offer support on Title IX related issues. Conversations with the Title IX advocate are private on campus.
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.
Men Stopping Violence
2785 Lawrenceville Highway Ste. 112, Decatur, GA 30033
Men Stopping Violence is a national training institute that provides organizations, communities, and individuals with the knowledge and tools required to mobilize men to prevent violence against women and girls. We look to the violence against women’s movement to keep the reality of the problems and vision of the solution before us. We believe that all forms of oppression are interconnected. Social justice work in the areas of race, class, gender, age, and sexual orientation are all critical to ending violence against women.
Sex Abuse Treatment Alliance
P.O. Box 1022, Norman, OK 73070-1022
Sex Abuse Treatment Alliance (SATA) works to provide information, resources, contacts, and support to individuals, families, defense attorneys, treatment providers, public media, legislators, law enforcement personnel, and other professionals who work with or are interested in issues of sexual abuse and its prevention.