UCA revised its Title IX policy, which will change how sexual assault and harassment are handled on campus.
The university will be adopting rules implemented by the United States Department of Education and Office of Civil Rights (OCR).
The OCR requires every formal complaint to have a live hearing with in-person testimonies. Both the plaintiff and defendant will have advisors to represent them. Each hearing will include the appointment of investigators and hearing officers.
Complaints that do not meet the Federal definition of sexual harassment will be dismissed.
Acts that meet the definition of sexual harassment:
An employee of the university using aid, benefits, or service of the university to elicit participation in unwelcome sexual conduct
Unwelcome conduct that denies a person equal access to the university’s education program or activity
Non-consensual sexual contact defined as sexual touching, with any object, by a man or woman upon another person without consent
Forcing a person to touch another person in a sexual manner.
Non-consensual intercourse (anal, oral or vaginal) with any object by a man or woman
Physical harm, bodily injury, assault or infliction of fear of physical harm between two individuals who are in a romantic relationship
Unauthorized distribution of sexual images or recordings/ revenge porn
Complaints that are proven to be false and made with malicious intent are subject to discipline through the use of demotion, transfer, suspension, expulsion or firing.
Retaliation against those who file complaints are prohibited. Retaliation includes termination, refusal to hire, denial of promotion, harassment or threats. Anyone who feels they are facing retaliation for filing a complaint should email the Title IX Coordinator Jenna Davidson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Associate General Counsel Adam Rose is currently working with Title IX to update on-campus training, “We are currently updating our training for departments in relation to their specific area of student engagement. We will also be training our Title IX response stakeholders in the specific functional areas for adjudication of formal complaints, in addition to our routine annual training,” Rose said.
Rose says that students shouldn’t expect to see any changes in the online training they are required to do online every year.
The changes to Title IX policies will be in effect on August 14, 2020.