Directions for filing a sexual misconduct complaint about PGS students can be found here.
This material is included in the PGS Orientation Packet to empower students to understand the policies, definitions, protocol, and resources for sexual misconduct of any kind at Warner Pacific.
Title IX Compliance
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”), 20 U.S.C. Sec. 1681, et seq., prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded education program or activity. In compliance with this federal policy, Warner Pacific University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its education programs and activities and has designated the following individuals as Title IX Compliance officers:
Jon Sampson, Dean of Students
(Title IX Coordinator – handling complaints from students, staff, and faculty)
Office Location: Smith Hall 219
Office phone number: 503.517.1056
Jared Valentine, Student Affairs Compliance Officer
(Deputy Title IX Coordinator–handling complaints from traditional students)
Office Location: Smith Hall 211
Office phone number: 503.517.1008
Dr. Lori Jass, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs
(Deputy Title IX Coordinator-handling complaints from Adult Degree Program students)
Office Location: Centre 205
Office phone number: 503.517.1320
Bev Fitts, Director of Human Resources
(Deputy Title IX Coordinator–handling complaints from staff and faculty)
Office Location: AF Gray 216
Office phone number: 503.517.1031
All inquiries concerning the application of Title IX including inquiries about the University’s sex discrimination, sexual harassment, or sexual assault policies may be referred to the appropriate Title IX officer.
Sexual Misconduct Policy
Warner Pacific University seeks to provide students with an environment free from the negative effects of sexual misconduct, which includes sexual harassment, sexual assault, and other forms of sexual violence. Therefore, the University strives to educate students, staff, and faculty on these issues and to provide recourse for students believing they have experienced sexual misconduct. The purpose of this policy is to:
- Define sexual misconduct involving students, which includes sexual harassment, domestic violence, intimate partner violence, stalking, and sexual assault.
- Identify resources and support for students reporting an incident of sexual misconduct.
- Affirm the University’s commitment to preventing sexual misconduct.
- Outline the University’s process of responding appropriately to incidents of sexual misconduct.
Sexual Misconduct Defined
Sexual misconduct is a broad term that encompasses any unwelcome behavior of a sexual nature that is committed without consent or by force, intimidation, coercion, or manipulation. Sexual misconduct can occur between persons of the same or different genders.
Sexual harassment is the disparate and unfair treatment of any individual because of his or her race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation (including gender identity), disability, or protected group status as defined by applicable laws is prohibited. This includes harassment and intimidation.
Harassment is improper behavior that is unwelcome to the receiver and includes, but is not limited to, the use of verbal and practical jokes, unwelcome touching, offensive remarks or put-downs, displays of objects, and materials based on a protected status that creates an offensive environment. Actions such as these are prohibited and may also be unlawful.
Sexual violence covers a wide range of behaviors inconsistent with University policies and community standards. Many of these behaviors are also violations of state and federal laws.
Sexual violence refers to physical sexual acts perpetrated against a person will or where a person is incapable of giving consent (e.g., due to the student’s age or use of drugs or alcohol, or because an intellectual or other disability prevents the student from having the capacity to give consent). Sexual violence includes but is not limited to, rape, sexual assault, harassment, stalking, voyeurism, exhibitionism, verbal, or physical sexuality-based threats or abuse, and intimate partner violence. Any act of sexual violence is prohibited and is subject to disciplinary action by the University.
Sexual activity requires consent, which the University defines as a positive unambiguous and voluntary agreement to engage in specific sexual activity throughout a sexual encounter. The absence of a “no” does not qualify as consent to engage in sexual activity. Consent to some sexual acts does not constitute consent to others, nor does past consent to a given act constitute present or future consent. Consent must be ongoing throughout a sexual encounter and can be revoked at any time.
Consent cannot be obtained through coercion, intimidation, or force or if the person is incapacitated through the use of drugs, alcohol, or any other condition. The use of drugs or alcohol does not diminish a student’s responsibility to obtain consent for sexual activity.
Filing a Complaint
PGS Students wanting to file a complaint of sexual misconduct should contact one of the other Title IX Compliance Officers (listed above).
The Student Affairs Compliance Officer will coordinate the University’s response to reports of sexual misconduct. This includes:
- Informing students of available medical and emotional support options.
- Assisting all parties involved in understanding their rights and responsibilities.
- Developing remedial actions to facilitate support and safety for the students involved. Considerations include housing accommodations, no contact requirements, no trespass restrictions, and academic accommodations.
- Helping students that wish to report an incident of sexual misconduct to the Portland Police for possible criminal prosecution.
- Overseeing the judicial process and any appeal.
Investigations of sexual misconduct allegations will follow the Student Judicial Process with the possibility of the following additions and/or alterations:
- All parties are expected to keep confidential within the community the charges and the fact that an investigation is taking place.
- Both the alleged survivor and the alleged perpetrator will receive written notification of no contact, including electronic communication, with each other.
- No cross-examination will occur between the two parties. Either student may request the asking of specific questions through the Judicial Officer, who may ask the questions if deemed appropriate.
- Prior sexual history of the students will not be considered as either an aggravating or a mitigating factor in the decision.
- Changes in living arrangements, course schedules, and other considerations may be necessary after a sexual assault complaint is brought to Judicial Affairs and an investigation begins.
- Reasonable efforts will be made to accommodate the concerns of the student bringing the complaint.
- Students bringing the complaint may appeal the decision made, not the sanctions assigned. Students against whom the complaint is brought may appeal the decision made and the sanctions assigned. All appeals are to follow the appeals policy outlined in the Student Judicial Process.
- During sexual assault investigations and judicial proceedings, both the complainant and the accused may involve representation of their choice.
Confidential Campus Resources:
- Director of Campus Ministries, Jess Bielman 503.517.1140
- Associate Director of Campus Ministries, Michelle Lang 503.517.1190
Title IX Officers:
- Student Affairs Compliance Officer, Jared Valentine 503.517.1008
Campus Safety – 503.250.1730
- Portland Women’s Crisis Line
24-hour crisis line, 503.235.5333
- Sexual Assault Resource Center
24-hour crisis line, 503.640.5311,
- Multnomah County Crisis Line 503.988.4888
- Rape Victim Advocates 503.988.3222
- Pregnancy Resource Center 503.256.0808
As required by Title IX and 34 CFR §106.9, Warner Pacific University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational programs and activities.