Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Oakland Center, Suite 150
312 Meadow Brook Rd
Rochester, MI 48309-4454
(location map)
(248) 370-3496

Hours:
Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Wednesdays with extended hours 8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Oakland Center, Suite 150
312 Meadow Brook Rd
Rochester, MI 48309-4454
(location map)
(248) 370-3496

Hours:
Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Wednesdays with extended hours 8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Title IX

What is Title IX?

Title IX is a federal civil rights law in the United States of America that was passed as part of the Education Amendments of 1972 to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex in any education program or activity that is federally funded.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):

Does Title IX only relate to athletics?

No, Title IX protects all persons from discrimination based on sex in educational programs or activities which receive federal financial assistance, including institutions of higher education. Key areas in which recipients have Title IX obligations are recruitment, admissions, counseling, financial assistance, and athletics, to name a few.

What is sexual misconduct?

Sexual misconduct is unwelcome acts of a sexual nature without consent. This includes sexual harassment, sexually hostile environments and sexual violence.

What does "consent to sex" mean?

The best way to describe what “unwelcome” or “without consent” looks like would be to
describe what “consent” looks like, and what it does not:

  • Consent is an affirmation, unambiguous, and a conscious decision by each participant to
    engage in mutually agreed upon sexual activity
  • Consent is revocable and can be withdrawn at any time
  • Consent to one form of sexual activity does not imply consent to another form of sexual
    activity
  • Consent to sexual activity on one occasion is not consent to engage in sexual activity on
    another occasion
  • Silence, or no response, does not imply consent
  • Consent to engage in sexual activity with one person does not imply consent to engage
    in sexual activity with another person
  • Consent does not include coercion, intimidation, threats, or physical force
  • Consent cannot be given by persons who are underage
  • Consent cannot be given if a person is mentally or physically incapacitated so that they
    cannot understand the fact, nature or extent of the sexual situation. This includes
    incapacitation due to alcohol or drug consumption, or being asleep or unconscious.
If an incident of sexual misconduct occurs off campus can the university investigate?

Sexual misconduct that occurs at any University sponsored program, both on-campus or an off-campus location, will be investigated if the effects of the misconduct adversely affects or creates a hostile environment on campus and/or is detrimental to the University’s interests.

If an incident occurred and I was drinking will I get in trouble?

OU’s priority is to prevent sexual misconduct. While the specifics of the situation will be considered, OU’s primary focus will be to address sexual misconduct.

Someone has filed a report against me, what should I do?

Do not contact the reporting person by any means – in person, by phone, by mail, by social media, by electronic communication or through someone else. Familiarize yourself with OU’s policies and process for investigating complaints of sexual misconduct on the OU Administrative Policies and Procedures Intranet page, under Health and Safety. If you have questions about the policies or process, please contact the Title IX Coordinator or the Deputy Title IX Coordinator.

What is a Title IX Coordinator?

The Title IX Coordinator is the University’s official who is responsible for ensuring compliance with Title IX. Oakland University has both a Title IX Coordinator and a Deputy Title IX Coordinator. The former responds to and investigates allegations of sexual misconduct when the responding party is a faculty or staff member, and the latter addresses such matters when the person responding to allegations of sexual misconduct is a student.

Who are the Oakland University Title IX Coordinators?

Chad Martinez
Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion & Title IX Coordinator
150 Oakland Center
(248) 370-3496
chadmartinez@oakland.edu

Jessie Hurse
Associate Dean of Students & Deputy Title IX Coordinator
150 Oakland Center
(248) 370-3352
jhurse@oakland.edu

To whom should I report that I've been the victim of sexual misconduct?

If you are a student, please visit the Dean of Students student reporting page.
If you are a faculty or staff member, please visit the Dean of Students faculty and staff reporting page.

Will my report remain confidential?

Privacy of parties is a priority for OU. However, at times information must be disclosed in order to fully investigate a report. If you are concerned about confidentiality, discuss this with the Title IX Coordinator or the Deputy Title IX Coordinator.

What if I want to remain anonymous?

Your confidentiality will be protected to the furthest extent possible, but anonymity may hinder progress of an investigation into your report.

My friend told me they were assaulted. What can I do to help?

Be supportive and listen to what they have to say, then encourage your friend to report.

What are my obligations if an incident of sexual misconduct is reported to me?

Anyone who experiences, witnesses or learns of sexual misconduct is strongly encouraged to report the situation to the University. The person reporting does not have to be the target. The OUPD is the first responder to any immediate safety concerns. If you are a faculty or staff member and you become aware of a student that has been victimized, you must report the incident to the Dean of Students Office.

What if I am retaliated against for reporting sexual misconduct or participating in an investigation?

You cannot be retaliated against for inquiring about possible sexual misconduct, making a report, participating in an investigation, or assisting another person in making a report. Retaliation is a serious violation of University policy and, if found to have occurred, will subject the violator to discipline up to, and including, termination or expulsion, even if sexual misconduct is ultimately found to not have occurred.