The Oberlin College community is committed to preserving the dignity and safety of its members and will not tolerate any sexual offense in the work or academic setting.
Offenders will be subject to appropriate college adjudication processes and disciplinary action. Both the accuser and accused are entitled to the same opportunities to have others present during a disciplinary proceeding; and both the accuser and the accused must be informed of the outcome of any institutional proceeding in which a sex offense has been alleged.
To this end, the college has in place and maintains preventative and informational education programs for the community through several offices that provide support, counseling, and guidance to victims of a sexual offense. Refer to our resources section below for more details.
The Oberlin College Sexual Misconduct Policies and Procedures brochure, published by the Oberlin College Title IX Coordinator, provides detailed information on the process for the filing of and the adjudication of complaints of sexual assault or harassment by all members of the college community. The current Oberlin College Sexual Misconduct Policy, that covers Title IX, was adopted in July, 2014. Students may also obtain complaint and adjudication information from the judicial coordinator in the Office of Student Life and Services. Faculty and staff may obtain necessary support and complaint information through the offices of their respective deans, their department chairs, or their division heads. In addition, incidents of sexual assault and sexual harassment may be reported to the aforementioned offices that also provide support, counseling, and guidance to victims.
Anyone who believes he or she is the victim of a sex offense or needs immediate assistance should contact the safety and security office, which will also contact an Oberlin College Dean and/or the Title IX Coordinator and the Oberlin Police Department to provide immediate support and assistance. It is important that a victim receives prompt medical attention for the collection of evidence and for a victim’s medical well being. Those requesting reasonable alternative living or academic arrangements following an incident will be appropriately accommodated. The Counseling Center and the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life provide confidential professional support.
The Federal Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act, (CSCPA) enacted on October 28, 2000, requires institutions of higher education to issue a statement advising the campus community where law enforcement agency information provided by a state concerning registered sex offenders may be obtained. It also requires sex offenders already required to register in a state to provide notice, as required under state law, to each institution of higher education in that state at which the person is employed, carries on a vacation, volunteers services, or is a student.
Law enforcement information provided by the State of Ohio under section 170101(j) of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 (U.S.C. 14071(j), concerning registered sex offenders may be obtained from the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office, 9896 Murray Ridge Road, Elyria, Ohio 44035, Phone: (440) 329-3709, or on the Lorain County Sheriff website .
An additional statewide database is available called ESORN or Electronic Sex Offender Registration and Notification of Ohio, Sex Offender Registration and Notification of Ohio Attorney General.
Lorain County Rape Crisis 24-Hour Hotline
and Sexual Assault Care Unit of Lorain County
1-800-888-6161 (24 hours)
Confidential Student Advocate
On campus, by appointment on Wednesday and Thursday, Peters Hall G24
Title IX Coordinator