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Sexual Misconduct Policy Information / Recent Reports

May 19, 2016

To: The Oberlin College Community From: Marjorie Burton, Director of Safety and Security Date: May 19, 2016

In an effort to inform the community of support options for a victim of sexual assault, the below list of incidents reported to the office of Safety and Security and the Title IX office near the end of this semester are being shared, followed by information and resources afforded within our sexual misconduct policy. A third party student wanted to make the College aware a student was pressuring people and touching bodies in a sexual manner without their consent at a party at an unnamed time and location. The reporting person drugs and alcohol were involved, and that the reporting person was concerned about the wellbeing of the persons subject to unwanted sexual contact. A student seeking support services offered by the College indicated the student had been a victim of sexual assault within a residential hall room in February of 2016 on South campus, and in March of 2014 on north campus. No further detail of either incident was shared. A student reported that in July of 2015 while under the significant influence of alcohol, the student awoke in another student's apartment on campus and could not recall what had occurred. The student sought a protective directive should the responding student come back to campus to visit.

Reports of sexual assault to the Title IX office often enable the person subject to an assault to obtain support services. The reports are shared with the Oberlin Police Department. The information is also shared with the Oberlin Community to raise awareness of reporting options and support resources for those who have experienced sexual assault, and to provide information about an individual’s responsibility under the Oberlin Sexual Misconduct Policy.

Oberlin College Safety and Security and the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion / Title IX urges anyone who believes they have experienced sexual assault to immediately seek medical assistance and/or notify law enforcement for assistance (Call 911 for emergencies or Oberlin Police Department directly at (440) 774-1061). Emergency assistance from the Lorain County Rape Crisis Center, the Nord Center Sexual Assault Care Unit, and the Lorain County Mental Health Crisis Hotline can be obtained at 1-800-888-6161.

There are also on-campus reporting options to report misconduct or violence. Information, support, and resources may be obtained from the Office of Equity Concerns / Title IX Coordinator Meredith Raimondo, Cox 202, at (440) 775-8555, or via email to meredith.raimondo@oberlin.edu. The Title IX Student Advocate, Monique Burgdorf (private on campus) may be reached at (440) 775-5203 or via email mburgdor@oberlin.edu

Non- consensual sexual conduct, unwelcome or inappropriate touching, and administering intoxicants (drugs or alcohol) to cloud judgment are considered violations of the Oberlin Sexual Misconduct Policy, as well as violations of State law. Any Oberlin College community member who finds specific behavior hostile, offensive, or intimidating; witnesses or is subject to unwanted physical contact of any kind; or is subject to sexual conduct for which consent has not been given, can and should report that behavior immediately to Safety and Security for assistance. Safety and Security may be reached at (440) 775-8444. You are encouraged to program this 24-hour number into your cell phone.

There are also confidential resources and support available. For students, the Oberlin College Counseling Center is available at (440) 775-8470 or the office of Religious and Spiritual Life is available at (440) 775-5191. The student advocate (Private on Campus) is Monique Burgdorf, (440) 775-5203. For employees, the Lorain County Rape Crisis 24-hour hotline is 1-800-888-6161, and the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) number is 1-800-989-3277.

Oberlin College provides a policy in relation to sexual and/or gender-based harassment, discrimination, and violence, including sexual violence, stalking, and intimate partner violence, and is committed to taking appropriate steps to address the effects of sexual misconduct. The full Sexual Misconduct Policy may be found on the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion website.

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