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Students and employees who have experienced sexual harassment, including sexual assault, dating or domestic violence, gender-based harassment or bullying, and stalking, have many options to receive help and support from the university, campus and local law enforcement, and community agencies.
This site provides information about the various resources that are available, the types of support that the university can provide, and clarifies the difference between supportive measures that are available without any formal conduct or grievance processes and those protective measures that may require a more formal intervention from the university.
To learn more about the support and options available please explore the following resources:
A New Resource: Callisto
New this year to the University of Oregon, we have contracted with Callisto to provide an additional option for students to disclose and record experiences of sex or gender-based discrimination, harassment or violence, including stalking, bullying, dating and domestic violence. “Callisto is a nonprofit that creates technology to combat sexual assault, empower survivors, and advance justice.” This online resource is a way for students to record securely and privately what happened to them, and to document the experience in a way that can help preserve important information should a student later wish to make an official report.
According to Callisto, this tool offers students three basic choices –
- Record. Survivors can create secure, encrypted, and time-stamped records about their sexual assault. On average, survivors who report begin the process 11 months after experiencing sexual assault. Callisto allows students to immediately preserve evidence on their own terms, at a time, place, and pace that is best for them.
- Report. Survivors can electronically send the record they have created to their school. This equips schools with a detailed account of what happened before the student ever meets with them.
- Match. Survivors can help schools identify repeat offenders using Callisto’s matching function. This option allows survivors to store information about their perpetrator under the precondition that it will only be released to the school if another student names the same perpetrator.”
NOTE: It is important to know that while the Callisto site offers information about UO resources, simply visiting that site is not that same as requesting assistance from the university. Unless you contact UO in some way (such as calling SAFE, talking to the Office of Crisis Intervention or emailing the Title IX Coordinator), the university will not be aware or initiating outreach to you.
Outreach from the Title IX Office
It is critical to understand that the university may support students and employees in many ways without requiring a formal process or investigation. While the university takes seriously its commitment to eradicating sexual violence, discrimination and harassment, we also are committed to providing response and support that defers as much as possible to the wishes of students and employees. To do that, we target our outreach and response to disclosures of experiences from students in a manner that is as respectful, compassionate and confidential as possible.
Once the Title IX Office receives information about a disclosure from an identified student, the Title IX Coordinator will first ask a confidential advocate in the Office of Crisis Intervention and Sexual Violence Support Services to reach out to the student. The student can then discuss any and all options and services with the confidential advocate before choosing what, if anything, to share with the university. This means that the only information the university receives is that which is disclosed initially to the Title IX Coordinator, and not what is disclosed later to the confidential advocate.
Students can also contact the Office of Crisis Intervention directly to seek assistance, support and resources. If a student contacts this Office directly, no information will be shared with the university absent the consent of the student (except for very rare circumstances).
The University of Oregon Ombuds Program also provides confidential, impartial, independent, and informal conflict management assistance to the University of Oregon community (including all employees) at no charge.
Supportive versus Protective Measures
In response to a disclosure from a student or employee, the Title IX Coordinator works in conjunction with other campus community members to provide supportive or protective measures based on the wishes of the individual and the circumstances.
Supportive Measures are those types of assistance that the university can provide to a student or employee that are entirely focused on protecting that persons’ ability to access their education and employment. In other words, these types of assistance are supportive in nature and designed to help someone feel safer on campus or in the workplace without affecting another person’s ability to access campus or the workplace. Because these are purely supportive in nature, there is no formal conduct or grievance process required, and individuals often access these resources without disclosing further information about the incident or the identity of the one causing the harm.
These can include but are not limited to:
- Academic Support
- Counseling and Health Care Assistance
- Employment Assistance
- Financial Aid Assistance
- Housing Changes for disclosing students
- No Contact Orders
- Letters of Trespass
- Referrals to Free Legal Services
- Transportation Assistance
- Visas or Immigration Assistance
Protective Measures are those types of interventions that require the university to affect someone else’s ability to access their education, campus or employment. That means that once a protective measure is put in place, another individual may be removed from campus or the workplace, or may be otherwise placed on restrictions. These types of measures DO require a formal conduct or grievance process because they affect someone else’s rights.
These can include but are not limited to:
- Emergency Temporary Suspensions
- Paid or Unpaid Administrative Leave
- Moving an alleged wrongdoer out of Housing, or to another part of Housing
- Restrictions of Movement on Campus
- Suspension or Expulsion (as sanctions)
- Termination of Employment (as discipline)
Contact the Title IX Coordinator (Designated Reporter)
If you choose to meet or communicate directly with the Title IX Coordinator you can expect them to:
- Keep the information you share with them private (but not confidential) – this means that the information you talk with them about will be shared only with individuals who have a direct responsibility in correcting, addressing or resolving the issue or providing you with assistance, and even then, only the information that is necessary for appropriate actions to be taken to assist you, to protect you and the campus community;
- Listen and ask some questions to understand what happened and learn what, if anything you would like to do to address what happened;
- Explain the options that are available to you to address what happened (supportive measures, informal resolutions or formal investigation);
- Explain instances when the university may have to take action to protect the community or when federal or state law require the university to take action even if you may not want to do so;
- Offer assistance accessing community and campus resources including confidential resources;
- Offer information regarding filing a criminal complaint; and,
- Address health and safety concerns and take steps to ensure access to university education and work related programs and activities.
For employees who may need assistance to address health and safety concerns, the Title IX Coordinator will also assist you in connecting with HR, AAEO and the Faculty, Staff Assistance Program.
Law Enforcement Help
If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, call 9-1-1.
- University of Oregon Police Department (UOPD)
The UOPD is committed to creating a safe and secure campus for students and faculty to focus on academics, research, and public service by promoting an inclusive, respectful environment and protecting the free and civil exchange of ideas.
Phone: 541-346-2919 or DIAL 9-1-1
Location: 2141 E. 15th Ave., Eugene, OR 97403
UOPD employs a detective sergeant who works closely with the Title IX Coordinator to respond to incidents of sexual harassment and sexual violence and is trained in trauma-informed practices
- Eugene Police Department (EPD)
Location: 300 Country Club Road, Eugene, Oregon 97401
The university maintains a memorandum of understanding with EPD for investigations of sexual assault in an effort to eliminate barriers to reporting and taking a victim-centered and offender-focused approach to sexual violence investigations.
Medical and Mental Health Care
Health care and counseling services are available to students at the University Health, Counseling, and Testing building.
- University Health Center
24 Hour Crisis Line: 541-346-2770 (then dial 1)
Office: 541-346-2770 (Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.–2 p.m.)
Location: 1590 E. 13th Ave., Eugene, OR 97403
- University Counseling Center
24 hour crisis: 541-346-3227
Office: 541-346-3227 (Monday–Wednesday–Friday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.; Friday 11 a.m.–5 p.m.)
Location: 1590 E. 13th Ave., Second Floor, Eugene, OR 97403
A comprehensive employee assistance program is available for eligible employees.
- Employee Assistance Program