Reporting Sexual Misconduct, Discrimination, and Harassment
Do not wait to report the conduct of concern until the conduct becomes sufficiently serious (i.e., severe, pervasive, or persistent) to create a hostile environment. The Title IX Coordinator and Deputy Title IX Coordinators can take proactive steps to prevent the conduct from continuing and perhaps escalating and to protect or otherwise assist the victim. For example, the University can arrange for no-contact orders, counseling, and changes in class schedules, living arrangements, class requirements, and testing schedules as needed. The Title IX Coordinator and Deputy Title IX Coordinators can also provide expertise and advice to help identify conduct that might be a warning sign of or constitute sexual misconduct, discrimination, of harassment prohibited by the University’s Sexual Misconduct, Harassment, and Discrimination Policy, and to address any concern of complaints appropriately.
Central State University encourages victims of sexual misconduct, discrimination, and harassment to talk to somebody about what happened so they can get the support they need and so that CSU can respond appropriately. Though CSU will keep reports as confidential as possible, the University cannot guarantee the confidentiality of every report or complaint.
1. Reports to designated sexual assault care providers such as professional licensed counselors (including the CSU Counseling Services), to professional medical healthcare providers (including the CSU Student Health Center), or to the University’s Interfaith Campus Ministry Reverend are confidential in every respect, to the extent allowed by law.
Professional licensed counselors who provide mental health counseling to Central State’s campus community, including any information about an incident to the Title IX Coordinator.
• Students may utilize the CSU Counseling Services, located in the Student Health Center, or call to schedule a confidential appointment at (937) 376-6338.
• Students may contact the University’s Interfaith Campus Ministry Reverend at (937) 376-6566.
• Off Campus Resource: For 24-hour Crisis Help, call the Family Violence Prevention Center: (937) 372-4552 or (937) 426-2334.
A victim who speaks to a designated sexual assault care provider, counselor, doctor, or the University’s Reverend must understand that if the victim wants to maintain confidentiality, CSU may be unable to conduct an investigation into the incident or pursue disciplinary action against the alleged perpetrator(s).
2. Reports to a responsible employee will not be absolutely confidential but will be handled in as confidential a manner as possible.
a. All faculty and Staff Members of CSU are designated as responsible employees.
b. When a complaint tells a responsible employee about an incident of sexual misconduct, discrimination, or harassment, the responsible employee must report to the Title IX Coordinator all relevant details about the alleged sexual misconduct, discrimination, or harassment in writing.
c. CSU will take prompt and appropriate steps to investigate what happened and to resolve the matter in a timely and equitable manner.
d. Information reported to a responsible employee will be shared only with people responsible for handling the University’s response to the report.
e. Before a complainant reveals any information to a responsible employee, the responsible employee should ensure that the complainant understands the responsible employee’s reporting obligation.
f. If the complainant wants to maintain strict confidentiality, the responsible employee will direct the complainant to confidential resources.
g. If the complainant wants to tell the responsible employee what happened but also main confidentiality, the responsible employee will advise the complainant that the request will be considered, but no guarantee can be given that the University will be able to honor it. In reporting the details of the incident to the Title IX Coordinator, the responsible employee will also inform the Title IX Coordinator of the complainant’s request for confidentiality.
h. In all cases, the University will weigh its responsibility to provide a safe and nondiscriminatory environment against the complainant’s request for confidentiality.
i. The Complainant has a right to file both an internal complaint and a criminal complaint. In the interest of protecting the safety of the entire University community, in some cases, CSU may also inform the Campus Police of allegedly criminal conduct, even in the absence of the complainant’s authorization.
Reports that are not considered “notice” to Central State University
Public awareness events such as Take Back the Night, a survivor speaks outs, or other forums, including social media and class discussions, in which students disclose incidents of sexual misconduct, discrimination, and/or harassment are not considered notice to CSU of sexual misconduct, discrimination, and/or sexual harassment for purposes of triggering its obligation to investigate any particular incident(s), Such events may; however, inform the need for campus-wide education and prevention efforts, and CSU will provide information about students’ Title IX rights at these events.
Title IX Reporting Contact
TITLE IX COORDINATOR
Human Resources – Title IX Office
Newsom Administration Building, Suite 12
1400 Brush Row Road
PO Box 1004
Wilberforce, Ohio 45384
Investigation Requirements and Procedures
A. All complaints of sexual misconduct, discrimination, and/or harassment shall be presented to the Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Title IX Coordinator for investigation and appropriate disposition. The Title IX Coordinator must always be informed by a Deputy Title IX Coordinator of the receipt of a complaint.
B. Complaints involving sexual misconduct, discrimination, and/or harassment will be investigated by the Title IX Coordinator, Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Title IX Investigator, or a qualified, sufficiently trained person appointed by the Title IX Coordinator.
C. CSU will conduct an adequate, reliable, and impartial investigation in a timely manner, providing the respondent and complainant equitable rights during the investigation process.
D. Additional details regarding the investigation, adjudication, and appeal procedures are set forth in the Student Code of Conduct.
In situations that require immediate action due to safety or other concerns, the University will take any reasonable administrative action, through interim measures, that is appropriate. In such situations, the Investigator is responsible for determining and implementing the interim measure(s), including time frames, after consulting with the Title IX Coordinator. Interim measures may be applied to one (1), both, or multiple parties involved. Examples of such interim measures include, but are not limited to:
• Ensuring that the complainant and respondent do not attend the same classes.
• Moving the complainant or respondent to a different residence hall or different workspaces.
• Providing access to counseling services.
• Providing or assisting in providing medical services; and
• Providing academic support services, such as tutoring.
Education and Prevention Programs
Central State University engages in ongoing, comprehensive educational programming for all incoming and returning students and all new and continuing employees focused on awareness and prevention of sexual misconduct, discrimination, and harassment. Such programming is conducted throughout the year and in a variety of formats and settings. Presentations, live and online classes, focus group discussions, Q&A sessions, interactive dialogues, themed events, publications, and activities are held and used to spread information to students, faculty, and staff, including:
A. Identifying domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, sexual exploitation, sexual misconduct, discrimination, and harassment as prohibited conduct.
B. Defining the behaviors that constitute domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, sexual exploitation, sexual misconduct, discrimination, and harassment, as well as the meaning of consent.
C. Providing safe and positive options for bystander intervention that may be carried out by an individual to prevent harm or intervene when there is a risk of harm to a third party.
D. Informing all individuals of how to report prohibited conduct; and
E. Notifying the campus community of the resources available when an incident of prohibited conduct occurs.
••• Ohio Sexual Violence Helpline: https://www.ohiosexualviolencehelpline.com
••• Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence: http://oaesv.org/get-help
••• Buckeye Region Anti-Violence Organization (BRAVO): http://www.bravo-ohio.org/
••• The National Domestic Violence Hotline: http://www.thehotline.org Pandora’s Project: https://pandys.org
••• Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network: https://www.rainn.org
••• Department of Justice: Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) | Department of Justice
••• Department of Education, OCR: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/index.html
••• Local Resources.pdf
••• GREENE COUNTY - Community Resource List_202109221247249213.pdf
••• Witness Rights Disclosure Form.pdf
References: CSU Sexual Misconduct, Harassment and Discrimination Policy, CSU Student Code of Conduct,
Title IX Information