TITLE IX


Title IX

The University of the Ozarks is committed to complying with all requirements as set forth by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”). As such, discrimination on the basis of sex or gender will not be tolerated in any of the University’s education programs or activities. Such discrimination includes, but is not limited to: sexual harassment; sexual assault; sex or gender-based bullying; hazing; stalking; relationship violence (including domestic violence and dating violence); and failure to provide equal opportunity in admissions, activities, employment or athletics.

The University of the Ozarks Title IX Coordinator will be informed of, and oversee, all complaints of sex discrimination and is responsible for identifying and addressing any patterns or systemic problems that arise during the review of such complaints. Questions or concerns regarding the University’s procedures and Title IX may be directed to the Title IX Coordinator:

Steve Weaver
Dean of Students/Title IX Coordinator
Student Life Office
Seay Student Center
(479) 979-1448
sweaver@ozarks.edu

The University of the Ozarks will make every effort to successfully complete the grievance process for complaints of sex discrimination/sexual misconduct over a period of 60 days or less. The party bringing the complaint will receive periodic status updates on the progress of the complaint and any subsequent appeals.

During the investigation and/or grievance process for complaints of sex discrimination or sexual misconduct, the University may take a number of interim actions in order to ensure the preservation of the educational experience and the campus environment of the party bringing the complaint. These actions may include, but are not limited to: imposing a no contact order on the responding party; residence hall room change for one or more involved parties; changes in academic schedules or assignments for one or both parties and interim suspension of the responding party.

Sexual Misconduct Policy

Members of the University of the Ozarks community, guests and visitors have the right to be in an environment free from all forms of gender/sex discrimination including sexual misconduct. All members of the community are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that does not infringe upon the rights of others. The sexual misconduct policy has been developed to reaffirm this expectation and to provide recourse for those individuals whose rights have been violated. The University of the Ozarks maintains a zero-tolerance policy for sexual misconduct, regardless of the sexual orientation or gender identity of individuals engaging in sexual activity. Zero-tolerance means the University will remedy all unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature and will impose appropriate and often significant sanctions on community members who violate this policy. Resolution by the University is intended to bring an end to harassing or discriminatory conduct, prevent its recurrence and remedy the effects on the reporting student and the community.

Consent Defined

  • Consent is informed. Consent is an unambiguous, affirmative, and conscious decision by each person, to engage in mutually agreed-upon sexual activity.
  • Consent is voluntary. Consent means a willing and positive cooperation in an act, or expressing a desire to engage in an act. A person can only give their true consent if there is no coercion, force, threats, or intimidation. Silence does not mean consent.
  • Consent is revocable. Consent to sexual activity, on one occasion, does not mean consent has been given to any form of sexual activity on any occasion. Consent is ongoing; meaning at any point during a sexual encounter consent has to be given and can be withdrawn.
  • Consent cannot be given when a person is incapacitated. Incapacitation is the physical and/or mental inability to make informed, rational judgments. For example, when alcohol or other drugs are used, a person will be considered unable to give valid consent if the person cannot appreciate the who, what, where, when, why, or how of a sexual interaction. States of incapacitation may include, but are not limited to, unconsciousness, sleep, and blackouts. Incapacitation may be caused by alcohol, drugs, or other medications.
  • A person cannot consent if they are unable to understand the act because of a physical or mental impairment.

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