Respondent Rights

If you have been named in a complaint of discrimination or harassment you have the right to expect:

  • To be treated with respect and without prejudice or presumption.  When you interact with the AAEO office you are presumed not to be in violation of any university policy unless otherwise determined through the appropriate university process.
  • An explanation of the complaint that has been filed against you and by whom.
  • To know of any interim limitations or restrictions placed upon you as a result of the complaint.
  • To know the status of the complaint at any point in the process.
  • Access to available university resources and support.
  • You may have an advisor of your choosing to assist you during the process, as long as your advisor is not also a witness in the same matter and does not delay or obstruct the process.  Your advisor may accompany you to all administrative meetings and proceedings related to the resolution of a complaint, including interviews with the investigator. Please note, however, that generally an advisor is a support person and should not speak for the respondent during the administrative process.

Protection from Retaliation

When you are named in a discrimination/harassment complaint you become part of the official university resolution process.  Should you believe that you are the subject of an act of retaliation as a result of being named in a report or participating in the resolution process, contact AAEO immediately.

Information Shared with AAEO

The AAEO makes every attempt to appropriately safeguard information. 

You May Request Information Regarding the Process and Assistance in Dealing with the Process

As a participant in the resolution process, it is important that you are aware of the process that is being used to address and resolve the complaint.  The AAEO office will keep you apprised of the various stages of the resolution process and when the office takes any action related to addressing and resolving the issues.  Additionally, you may request assistance from the AAEO office with accessing university resources available to you throughout the process. 

Resources for Respondents

Students
University Counseling Center: (541) 346-3227
University Health Center: (541) 346-2770

Employees
Office of the Ombuds: (541) 346-6400
Employee Assistance Program: (800) 433-2320