Information for Students
CONFIDENTIALITY: Under Oregon law, communications with some individuals are confidential. This means that any information shared by the victim/survivor with a specific individual will not be used against the individual in court or shared with others. This individual cannot be subpoenaed to testify against the survivor in a court of law.
Students should always confirm whether confidentiality applies to the communication. Generally, confidentiality applies when a student seeks services from the following persons:
- Psychological counselor (including counselors at EOU Student Health and Counseling Center)
- Health care provider (including medical professionals at EOU Student Health and Counseling Center)
- Victim’s advocate from the Shelter From the Storm
- Personal attorney
- Religious/spiritual counselor
PRIVACY: Eastern Oregon University (EOU) is committed to creating an environment that encourages students to come forward if they have experienced any form of sexual misconduct. The university will safeguard the identities of the students who seek help or who report sexual misconduct. That is, university employees will seek to keep the information private (other than a counselor or medical provider).
A university employee cannot guarantee complete confidentiality, but the individual can guarantee privacy. Information is disclosed only to select university personnel who have an essential need to know in order to carry out their university responsibilities. As is the case with any educational institution, the university must balance the needs of the individual student with its obligation to protect the safety and well-being of the community at large. Therefore, depending on the seriousness of the alleged incident, further action may be necessary, including a campus security alert. The alert, however, would never contain any information identifying the student who brought the complaint.
A student may choose one or more of the following options:
- You can make a police report with the La Grande Police Department (541-963-1017). Even if you do not want to pursue criminal charges at this time, you can always make a police report to have this information on file. Police reports are eventually accessible by Public Records Requests and could be accessed in the future.
- You can make a report to Campus Security (541-962-3911).
- You can file a report with the Title IX Coordinator and Director of Student Relations (541-962-3476). If you do not want formal action to be taken, your report will remain private and only shared with key university personnel unless the University must take actions for reasons of safety.
- If the incident involves EOU faculty or staff, you can file a complaint with the Office of Human Resources (541-962-3516).
- You can file a sexual harassment report with Colleen Dunne-Cascio, who is the Title IX Coordinator (541-962-3476).
- You can file an Anonymous Report. Unless you provide your name or the name of the alleged perpetrator, this information will only be used for the purpose of statistical reporting.
Contacting Police does not mean you must pursue charges. The Police can advise you of your options and can also preserve evidence while you consider your options. They can also advise you on safety measures you can take to protect yourself.
For emergencies, contact 911. For non-emergencies students are encouraged to contact Monmouth Police at 503-838-1109, or Independence Police at 503-838-1214.
Yes! Students are strongly encouraged to report incidents of, or share information about, sexual misconduct as soon as possible. This is true even if the student with a complaint or a witness may have concern that his or her own alcohol or drug use, or other prohibited activity were involved. The Office of Student Relations will not pursue disciplinary charges against a victim with a complaint for improper use of alcohol or drugs if the victim is making a good faith report of sexual misconduct.
No. Sexual misconduct, sexual assault, sexual harassment, stalking and other violations of the Student Code of Conduct include both on-campus and off-campus conduct.
Seeking medical attention can help you in many ways. First, seeking medical attention can help you take care of your own health by checking for injuries, treating those injuries, and addressing the possibility of sexually transmitted infections.
A forensic medical exam can preserve evidence of the assault. This is important even if you are currently undecided about your next steps because you may later decide to pursue criminal charges or university disciplinary charges – that evidence can help in both situations. A medical exam is not, however, required before pursuing criminal or university disciplinary charges. Initial medical exams are free for a person who has been sexually assaulted. These exams are usually completed by a trained Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE).
Statement on retaliation
EOU prohibits retaliation against individuals who engage in reporting a complaint of sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, dating or domestic violence, and/or stalking. Retaliatory behavior is regarded as additional misconduct and may lead to increased sanctions.
Department of Labor Privacy and Security Statement