12.3.6. Policy Enforcement, Retaliation Policy, and Support

By reporting the incident to a University official, the Title IX coordinator will be notified and with appropriate University officials will take immediate and corrective action to insure safety and minimize recurrence of sexual misconduct and/or violence. The Title IX coordinator will respond with prompt and equitable action that can include interim measures for all parties and steps to minimize the burden on the victim. During the investigation, interim measures may be put in place, such as a “no contact” order between the parties. There may be an automatic sanction of interim suspension. The complainant also has the right to terminate involvement in the investigation at any time, although an investigation may proceed without the complainant’s involvement.  It is the duty of the University to investigate and eliminate harassment, misconduct or violence, address the effects of it, and prevent the reoccurrence. The University is required to notify the local law enforcement of any alleged sexual misconduct involving minors.  All students and employees are expected to cooperate fully with any investigation under this policy.

12.3.6.1. Retaliation Policy

The University does not tolerate retaliation or discrimination against any person, and/or their family and friends, who brings forward a complaint, who cooperates in the investigation of a complaint, or who participates in the discipline process for an alleged violation of this policy. The University will not only take steps to prevent retaliation, it will also take strong responsive action if retaliation occurs. Anyone who believes they have been retaliated against as a result of their involvement with an investigation and/or discipline process for an alleged violation of the policy on sexual misconduct should immediately report the alleged retaliation to the hearing coordinator or Title IX coordinator.  An independent investigation will be conducted and appropriate disciplinary action will be taken, up to and including suspension or expulsion from the University, in the case of a student, and up to and including termination of employment, in the case of an employee.

12.3.6.2. Support

Individuals who experience sexual misconduct will be provided resources for ongoing support and multiple options for resolving the matter. An updated list of resources is maintained on the Oglethorpe University website and distributed through the office of campus life (residence life and counseling).