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GEN 1.2.(5). Relationship Violence Policy.

 

  1. Introduction.

    Sexual assault, sexual harassment, domestic or dating violence and stalking are related phenomena and are referred to in this policy under the general title of relationship violence.  However, each has unique characteristics and the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh chooses to address each in separate sections of this policy in order to enhance understanding and access to resources.
     
  2. Policy Statement.

    As a matter of policy, relationship violence, including all forms of sexual assault, sexual harassment, domestic or dating violence, and stalking will not be tolerated in the University community.  The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh is an educational community bound by common standards of conduct and a commitment to its educational mission.  Relationship violence is a particularly troubling violation of our community standards because it interferes with the educational mission by:
     
    • Endangering the physical and emotional safety of community members;
    • Damaging trust and security of community members;
    • Offending the dignity and violating the autonomy of community members; and
    • Disrupting the academic progress of victims at the time of the violation and during any subsequent attempt at recovery.
       

Portions of this policy may parallel legal statutes, but are in no way intended to substitute or supplant those laws.  As members of the University community, employees are expected to comply with and abide by the University policies and guidelines, in addition to federal, state, and local laws whether they are on or off campus.  The use of alcohol and other drugs in conjunction with an incident of relationship violence does not diminish accountability for committing these acts or lessen the seriousness of the offense.

University policy specifically prohibits any form of retaliation or reprisal against persons who report sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic/dating violence, or stalking and who prevent the recurrence of such crimes.  Forms of retaliation that are prohibited include, but are not limited to, the following:

threats; bribes; unfair treatment; down-grading evaluations in employment or academic arenas; further harassment such as ridicule, pranks, harassment, taunting, bullying, and organized ostracism.

In order to provide for the needs of victims, as well as to enforce standards of conduct critical to our mission, it is vital that all violations of this policy are reported to appropriate authorities.  Employees experiencing relationship violence or who have questions about their experiences are encouraged to use services provided by the Office of Equity & Affirmative Action, Campus Victim Advocates, Counseling Center, Employee Assistant Program, University Police, and other support services on campus.

Procedures for on-campus disciplinary action to be taken when a student is accused are covered in UWS Chapter 17 as found herein.  Copies of the Student Discipline Code are available in the Dean of Students Office.  In cases of alleged relationship violence, (1) the accuser and the accused shall be provided an opportunity to be represented during the course of disciplinary hearing and (2) both the accuser and the accused shall be informed of the outcome of any campus disciplinary proceedings concerning alleged relationship violence under parameters of federal and state law, and University policy.

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