University employees are protected by federal and state laws and university policies, and have obligations as responsible employees under university policy to report information they have regarding instances of discrimination and harassment, including instances of gender discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual violence, dating and domestic violence and stalking.
Gender-based discrimination including sexual harassment, sexual assault and sexual violence
The Office of Investigations and Civil Rights Compliance (OICRC) ensures reports of gender-based discrimination including sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, gender-based bullying and sexual violence are addressed and to ensure that parties bringing forward such reports are protected from retaliation.
All members of the UO community are encouraged to report gender-based discrimination including sexual harassment, sexual assault and sexual violence to the Title IX Coordinator or to OICRC. It is also important that all members of UO’s community understand that they can make complaints of prohibited discrimination to OICRC or to the Title IX coordinatore and that the UO will take steps to protect community members from retaliation.
All other forms of prohibited discrimination and harassment
All members of the UO community are encouraged to report all other forms of discrimination and harassment to the OICRC office.
Your Obligation as an Employee
The University of Oregon is committed to providing a safe, respectful, and inclusive learning and working environment for students, faculty, and staff. Employees contribute to this commitment by speaking up when they experience or learn of another's experience diminishes a respectful workplace. Under UO policies, employees have specific responsibilities to report.
With some exception regarding student disclosures (see below), employees who are considered "responsible employees" are expected to promptly report any information received regarding an act of discrimination or harassment, including sexual harassment and sexual violence to the Office of Investigations and Civil Rights Compliance (fromerly known as Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity).
A "responsible employee" is any University of Oregon administrative staff or faculty member, residential advisor, or graduate employee except those listed below:
- Health care professionals working at the University Health Center and University Counseling and Testing Center
- Employees in the Office of Crisis Intervention and Sexual Violence Support Services
- University Ombudsperson
- Student employees who do not supervise more than 2 other employees (except for Residential Advisors or Graduate Employees who are Responsible Employees)
Please Note: Conversations of employees that are otherwise privileged or confidential under state or federal law are also confidential, such as those of attorneys and licensed mental health professionals, union stewards and union representatives when in those roles.
Student Disclosures of Harassment and Discrimination
Sex or Gender-Based Harassment or Discrimination
When a student discloses an incident of sex or gender-based harassment or discrimination, employees are expected to meet the reporting responsibilities established in the Student Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment and Violence Complaint and Response Policy.
Refer to the Employee Responsibilities webpage on the Title IX website for these responsibilities and directions for reporting.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Supervisors of student employees have specific responsibilities to consider, which are addressed on the Title IX website.
All Other Forms of Harassment or Discrimination
When a student discloses an incident of harassment or discrimination that is not sex or gender-based, "responsible employees" are expected to promptly report information regarding the incident to the Office of Investigations and Civil Rights Compliance.