Title IX Resources (sexual misconduct and discrimination)
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 states: “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance”. East Central University is committed to providing a learning, working and living environment that promotes personal integrity, civility and mutual respect in an environment free of sexual misconduct and discrimination. Sexual discrimination violates an individual’s fundamental rights and personal dignity. East Central University considers sexual discrimination in all its forms to be a serious offense. This resource refers to all forms of sexual discrimination, including sexual harassment, sexual assault, and sexual violence by employees, students, or third parties. (Title 20 U.S.C. Sections 1681-1688)
Title IX & Sexual Misconduct Policies
The East Central University Title IX Policy can be found here:
The East Central University Sexual Misconduct Policy for students can be found here:
The East Central University Sexual Misconduct Policy for faculty and staff can be found here:
Who can I contact about Sexual Misconduct?
Tell a trusted person about the incident. Contact the Title IX Team listed below. You may also contact the Campus Initiative to Reduce Crime Against Women (CIRCAW) Office, Memorial Student Union, Room K102, (580) 559-5861 or the ECU Student Counseling Center, Memorial Student Union, Room 137, (580) 559-5714. Concerning incidents involving sexual assault you may also contact the Ada Police Department (580) 332-4466, Chickasaw Lighthorse Police Department (580) 436-9022, ECU Police Department at (580) 559-5555, or other law enforcement agency within the vicinity.
Detailed information about reporting Sexual Misconduct can be found in section E., 3, of the Student Code of Conduct.
Title IX Team:
Most students initially report to the Dean of Students; however any of the individuals below are available to accept reports.
Resources for Victims of Sexual Misconduct
There are various supportive measures available for those who have experienced sexual discrimination. These support sources include:
The Title IX Team can assist with finding on and off campus resources.
The East Central University Student Counseling Center
Campus Initiative to Reduce Crime Against Women (CIRCAW) Office
Risk Reduction Tips
- If you have limits, make them known before things go too far.
- Tell a sexual aggressor “NO” clearly and loudly, like you mean it.
- Try to extricate yourself from the physical presence of a sexual aggressor.
- Grab someone nearby and ask for help.
- Be responsible for your alcohol intake/drug use and realize that alcohol/drugs lower your sexual inhibitions and may make you vulnerable to someone who views a drunk or high person as a sexual opportunity.
- Watch out for your friends and ask that they watch out for you. A real friend will get in your face if you are about to make a mistake. Respect them if they do.
- If you find yourself in the position of being the initiator of sexual behavior, you owe sexual respect to your potential partner.
These suggestions may help you to reduce your risk of being accused of sexual misconduct:
Don’t Make Assumptions. About consent. About someone’s sexual availability. About whether they are attracted to you. About how far you can go. About whether they are physically and mentally able to consent to you.
Clearly communicate your intentions to your sexual partner and give them a chance to clearly relate their intentions to you.
Mixed messages from your partner should be a clear indication that you should step back, defuse the sexual tension, and communicate better. Perhaps you are misreading them. Perhaps they haven’t figured out how far they want to go with you yet. You need to respect the timeline with which they are comfortable.
Don’t take advantage of someone’s drunkenness or drugged state, even if they did it to themselves.
Realize that your potential partner could be intimidated by you, or fearful. You may have a power advantage simply because of your gender or size. Don’t abuse that power.
Understand that consent to some forms of sexual behavior does not necessarily imply consent to other forms of sexual behavior.
On this campus, silence and passivity cannot be interpreted by you as an indication of consent. Read your potential partner carefully, paying attention to verbal and non‐verbal communication and body language.
Questions & Answers:
Here are some of the most commonly asked questions regarding ECU’s Sexual Misconduct policy and procedures.
1. Does the complaint remain confidential?
The privacy of all parties to a complaint of sexual misconduct must be strictly observed, except insofar as it interferes with the University’s obligation to fully investigate allegations of sexual misconduct. Where privacy is not strictly kept, it will still be tightly controlled on a need‐to‐know basis. Dissemination of information and/or written materials to persons not involved in the complaint procedure is not permitted. Violations of the privacy of the complainant or the accused student may lead to conduct action by the University. In all complaints of sexual misconduct, the complainant will be informed of the outcome. In some instances, the administration also may choose to make a brief announcement of the nature of the violation and the action taken, using no names. Certain university administrators are informed on a confidential basis (e.g., the President of the University, Dean of Students, Title IX Team). The University also must statistically report the occurrence on campus of major violent crimes, including certain sex offenses, in an annual report of campus crime statistics. This statistical report does not include personally identifiable information.
2. Will my parents be told?
Whether you are the complainant or the accused student, the University’s primary relationship is to the student and not to the parent. However, in the event of major medical, disciplinary, or academic jeopardy, students are strongly encouraged to inform their parents. University officials will directly inform parents when requested to do so by a student, or in certain instance where a health or safety emergency exist, or if the University determines such communication is necessary.
3. Do I have to name the perpetrator?
Yes, if you want formal disciplinary action to be taken against the alleged perpetrator. No, if you choose to respond informally and do not file a formal complaint (but you should consult the complete confidentiality policy to better understand the University’s legal obligations depending on what information you share with different University officials).
4. What do I do if I am accused of sexual misconduct?
Do not contact the alleged victim. You may immediately want to contact someone in the campus community who can act as your advisor. You may also contact the Dean of Students/Title IX Coordinator, who can explain the University’s procedures for dealing with sexual misconduct complaints. You may also want to talk to a confidential counselor at the counseling center.
5. What do I do about preserving evidence of a sexual assault?
Physical evidence of a criminal sexual assault must be collected within 72 hours. If you believe you have been a victim of a criminal sexual assault, you should contact campus police at 580.559.5555 or call 9-1-1. If you go to the Hospital Emergency Room, do so before washing yourself or your clothing. If you go to the hospital, local police will be called, but you are not obligated to talk to the police or to prosecute. The exam will help to keep that option open for you, should you decide later to exercise it.
The hospital staff will collect evidence, check for injuries, and address the possibility of exposure to sexually transmitted infections. If you have changed clothing since the assault, bring the clothing you had on at the time of the assault with you to the hospital in a clean, sanitary container such as a clean paper grocery bag or wrapped in a clean sheet (plastic containers do not breathe, and may render evidence useless). If you have not changed clothes, bring a change of clothes with you to the hospital, if possible, as they will likely keep the clothes you are wearing as evidence. You can take a support person with you to the hospital and they can accompany you through the exam if you want. Do not disturb the crime scene—leave all sheets, towels, etc. that may bear evidence for the police to collect.
6. Will a student be sanctioned when reporting a sexual misconduct policy violation if he/she has illegally used drugs or alcohol?
No. The severity of the infraction will determine the nature of the University’s response, but whenever possible the University will respond educationally rather than punitively to the illegal use of drugs and/or alcohol. The seriousness of sexual misconduct is a major concern and the University does not want any of the circumstances (e.g., drug or alcohol use) to inhibit the reporting of sexual misconduct.
7. Will either party’s prior use of drugs and/or alcohol be a factor when reporting sexual misconduct?
Not unless there is a compelling reason to believe that prior use or abuse is relevant to the present complaint.