Here are some common questions about Title IX
1. What does it mean when someone is unable to consent?
In some circumstances, a person lacks the mental capacity to consent to consensual intercourse. Examples are individuals under the age of consent, drunk, developmentally challenged, and mentally/physically unable to consent. Sexual assault may be committed by anyone who engages in sexual contact with someone who is unable to agree.
2. Is it possible for the University to investigate a sexual violence event that occurs off-campus?
Yes, University may be able to investigate and resolve if the incident has significant ties to University (for example, if it occurs during a University event, if it involves a University student, staff member, faculty member, etc.).
3. Why should I call the EOS(Equal Opportunity Services)/Title IX Office if I’ve already gone to the police?
Sexual harassment and assault are not only criminal offenses, but they are also violations of Title IX and University policy. Even if a specific act does not constitute a crime, it violates Title IX and University policy. University is dedicated to addressing and preventing sexual harassment and violence, regardless of whether such behavior is illegal.
4. Do I still need to go to the police if I reported being sexually harassed or attacked by EOS(Equal Opportunity Services)?
If you suspect you have been sexually assaulted or have been the victim of another crime, you should report it to the University Police.
5. Will my complaint is kept private?
The parties’ privacy is a top consideration for University. However, to thoroughly investigate a complaint, limited information may be required. If you’re concerned about confidentiality, go to the EOS(Equal Opportunity Services)/Title IX Office about it.
6. What if I don’t want to be identified?
Your privacy will be respected to the greatest extent feasible, although anonymity may make an inquiry into your complaint more difficult.
7. Is it necessary for me to identify the alleged perpetrator?
Yes, the accused culprit must be identified in order to undertake a thorough inquiry.
8. I’m concerned that reporting will exacerbate the situation. Is it still necessary for me to make a complaint?
Yes. If you are concerned about your safety, the University Police can provide escort services and other assistance. In addition, if a complainant or witness is retaliated against for engaging in an EOS(Equal Opportunity Services) investigation, the university has a strict retaliation policy.