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A person selected by a Complainant or Respondent who does not have any real or perceived conflicts of interest and may attend interviews, meetings, and hearings with the party whom they advise.
A type of Reporting Party making a report of possible Sexual Misconduct who chooses not to reveal their identity. An Anonymous Reporter may have been directly subjected to conduct prohibited by this Policy, Witnesses to such conduct, or have learned of the possible conduct from another person.
A type of Reporting Party who alleges Sexual Misconduct has been directed against them. This term does not imply any pre-judgment that the person was subjected to prohibited Sexual Misconduct.
Oregon Tech employees who are not obligated to report information that is provided to them about known or suspected Sexual Misconduct. This allows each person to explore their options in a non-pressured environment while they make informed decisions. There may be exceptions to the reporting obligations, for example in cases involving child abuse, imminent risk of serious harm, emergent hospitalization, or a court order. At Oregon Tech, Confidential Resource employees include the staff of Integrated Student Health Center acting in their capacity as a counseling or health provider. For employees, note that Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a third-party vendor and its counselors are not considered Oregon Tech employees. Discussions with EAP counselors are confidential, but because the EAP is a vendor, those counselors are not Confidential Resource Employees under this Policy. See below Mandatory Reporting by Responsible Employees.
Oregon Tech employee(s) identified to assist with Oregon Tech’s Title IX Compliance efforts, most frequently in areas of prevention, training, education, and the work of the Title IX Steering Committee. Deputy Title IX Coordinators are otherwise full-time Oregon Tech employees who have accepted additional Title IX duties to assist the institution in its Title IX compliance efforts. Deputy assignments may periodically rotate among Oregon Tech employees. Visit the Oregon Tech Title IX webpage for the list of persons currently serving as Deputy Title IX Coordinators.
In instances when administrative hearings are held under the procedures supporting this Policy, the Hearing/Resolution Officer is the person who conducts and presides over the administrative hearing and makes findings and recommendations to the party responsible for determining sanctions, when that is a different person.
A person or persons who directly or indirectly make a report of Sexual Misconduct. A Reporting Party is not necessarily the Complainant. A Reporting Party may be a Third-Party Complainant (such as a Witness) or an Anonymous Reporter. In cases where there is no identified Reporting Party willing to participate in the investigative process, Oregon Tech may be identified as the Reporting Party, if the Title IX Coordinator, or designee, determines that an investigation is necessary, given the nature of the allegations made.
A person, student organization, or entity that has been reported to be the perpetrator of conduct prohibited under this Policy. The term does not imply any pre-judgment that misconduct has occurred.
An employee or student: (1) who has the authority to take action to redress Sexual Misconduct; (2) who has been given the duty of reporting incidents of Sexual Misconduct or any other misconduct by students to the Title IX Coordinator or other appropriate school designee; or (3) a person whom a student/employee could reasonably believe has either the authority or the duty listed above. Oregon Tech requires all employees to act as responsible employees, unless they are considered a Confidential Resource.
A type of Reporting Party who makes a report of possible Sexual Misconduct prohibited by this Policy but was not directly subjected to the alleged conduct. They may have been a witness to the conduct or learned of the possible conduct from another person.
The Oregon Tech employee identified to oversee Oregon Tech’s commitment to establishing and maintaining an academic and working environment free from Sexual Misconduct. The Title IX Coordinator supervises the Title IX Investigator and, when applicable, other Title IX personnel, and coordinates activities involving Deputy Title IX Coordinators. The Title IX Coordinator serves as the chair of the Title IX Steering Committee. The Title IX Coordinator can be reached via email at:
The person(s) engaged by Oregon Tech to serve as the lead investigator where complaints of known or suspected Sexual Misconduct warrant investigation. A Title IX Investigator is charged with conducting fair, neutral, impartial and unbiased investigations. A Title IX Investigator serves as a neutral and impartial party in the Title IX process. The Title IX Investigator reports to the Title IX Coordinator.
The standing committee comprised of faculty, staff, and students that reviews Title IX programs, including policies, procedures, education and training materials, proactive and reactive initiatives, and related activities. The Title IX Steering Committee is not actively involved in the complaint, investigation, or disciplinary processes relating to allegations of Sexual Misconduct.
A person believed to have first-hand or relevant information regarding an incident which may constitute a violation of this Policy. Most commonly, a witness is a person who may have been present when the incident occurred, someone the Reporting Party or Respondent communicated with about the incident, or someone who may have information that is otherwise relevant to alleged Sexual Misconduct.
Students' Rights under Title IX & the Clery Act:
  • Oregon Tech (OT) will help to ensure that the person who experiences sexual violence is safe, including while the investigation is ongoing. OT will take interim measures as needed.
  • OT will respond promptly and effectively to reports of sexual violence.
  • If OT knows (or should reasonably know) about possible sexual violence, it will promptly conduct a neutral investigation to determine what occurred and then take appropriate steps to resolve the situation.
  • The person who experienced sexual violence will be informed of their options to notify law enforcement. If there is a criminal investigation, OT will continue its efforts to resolve reports promptly and effectively.
  • Complainant and Respondent will have timely access to information that will be used in a student conduct hearing.
  • Complainant and Respondent will both have the opportunity to have an advisor present, present evidence, and have witnesses speak during disciplinary proceedings.
  • Both parties will be informed in writing of the outcome of any OT disciplinary proceeding.
  • Both parties have a right to appeal the decision.