Safety & Equity at UWO
Title IX Statement
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. § 1681 et seq., prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any educational program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.
Title IX covers a variety of sexual misconduct and is defined under the general term of sexual harassment. Sexual misconduct is the umbrella term for all prohibited sex and gender-based discrimination, sexual harassment, or sexual/domestic/dating violence at UWO, including Title IX sexual harassment and non-Title IX sexual misconduct. Sexual misconduct can have the effect of denying individuals equal access to, and benefit from, UWO programs and activities. All sexual misconduct is prohibited under Title IX and University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Policy.
UWO Sexual Misconduct Policy GEN 1.2.(5)
The mission of University of Wisconsin Oshkosh is to provide a teaching, learning, and working environment in which faculty, staff, and students can discover, examine critically, preserve, and transmit the knowledge, wisdom, and values that will improve quality of life for all. To promote these institutional values, UW Oshkosh is committed to creating and maintaining a community environment that is free from sexual misconduct, including but not limited to, sexual assault, sexual exploitation, sexual harassment, stalking, and dating and domestic violence.
1. University Procedures:
- When a report is made to the Title IX Coordinator alleging that a student has engaged in an act of sexual misconduct, the procedures linked here apply. UWS 17 Wis. Admin. Code.
- When a report is made to the Title IX Coordinator alleging that a faculty member has engaged in an act of sexual misconduct, the procedures linked here apply. UWS 4 and UWS 7, Wis. Admin. Code and UWS 6, Wis. Admin. Code.
- When a report is made to the Title IX Coordinator alleging that a member of the academic staff has engaged in an act of sexual misconduct, the procedures linked here apply. UWS 11 and UWS 13, Wis. Admin. Code.
- When a report is made to the Title IX Coordinator alleging that a member of the university staff has engaged in an act of sexual misconduct, the procedures linked here apply. Appendix C.
- When a report is made to the Title IX Coordinator alleging that any other university employee who does not fall into any of the above categories has engaged in an act of sexual misconduct, the procedures linked here apply. Appendix C.
UWO Discrimination, Discriminatory Harassment and Retaliation Policy GEN 1.2.(4)
The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh subscribes to the policy of the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System that discrimination, discriminatory harassment and retaliation toward students, employees, officials, and guests at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh will not be tolerated.
(a) Discrimination, discriminatory harassment, discriminatory attitudes, and expressions that reflect discrimination are inconsistent with the efforts of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh to foster an environment of respect for the dignity and worth of all members of the University community and to eliminate all manifestations of discrimination within the University.
(b) Toward this end, the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, is therefore committed to the elimination of discrimination and harassment.
(c) Faculty, academic staff, university staff, students, student organizations, academic departments, colleges, governance organizations, and other university offices, are encouraged to undertake educational programs and other efforts consistent with this policy.
(d) Because the protected status categories applicable to the educational setting are different than the employment setting, Regent Policy Document 14-6 separates the categories accordingly. In the educational setting, a student may not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, ancestry, disability, age, pregnancy, marital or parental status, or any other category protected by law. This policy protects students from discrimination, discriminatory harassment and retaliation in admission and enrollment, educational environment, course work, student services, programs, activities, and facilities.
UWO Consensual Relationship Policy GEN 1.2.(7)
The purpose of this policy is to ensure that the employment and academic environment is free from real or perceived conflicts of interest when UW employees, students, and affiliated individuals, in positions of unequal power, are involved in consensual romantic or sexual relationships.
The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, otherwise known as the Clery Act requires institutions of higher education to comply with certain campus safety and security related requirements as a condition of their participation in the Title IV, Higher Education Act programs. The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA) (Pub. L. 113-4). This act includes three parts:
Campus Crime Data
The Jeanne Clery Act requires all colleges and universities who receive federal funding to share information about crime on campus and their efforts to improve campus safety as well as inform the public of crime in or around campus. This information is made publicly accessible through the university’s Annual Security Report.
Clery crimes include the following: arson, aggravated assault, drug and alcohol violations, burglary, hate crimes, homicide, vehicle theft, robbery, sex offenses, stalking, dating violence, domestic violence, and weapons violations. To report a Clery crime anonymously or not anonymously, any party can use this form, Clery Reporting Form.
Support for Victims
Under the Act, institutions must provide survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking with options such as changes to academic, transportation, living or working situations, and assistance in notifying local law enforcement, if the student or employee chooses to do so. It also provides both parties in a campus disciplinary process rights and protections.
Policies and Procedures
Colleges and universities must outline specific policies and procedures within their Annual Security Reports, including those related to disseminating timely warnings and emergency notifications, options for survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking, and campus crime reporting processes.
Please see the UWO Police Department’s website, Clery & Safety tab for more information, https://uwosh.edu/police
Other Related UW System Regent Policies and Applicable Laws
- RPD 14-3, “Equal Opportunities in Education: Elimination of Discrimination Based on Gender”
- RPD 14-6, “Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation”
- RPD 14-8, “Consensual Relationships”
- Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (20 U.S.C. §§ 1681 et seq.; 34 C.F.R. Part 106)
- 36.11(22), Wis. Stats., Orientation Program; Information on Sexual Assault and Harassment
- Violence Against Women Act (1994) 42 U.S.C. §§ 1371-14040