Office of the Dean of Students COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Updates
Like the rest of the University of Oregon community, the Crisis Intervention and Sexual Violence Support Services Program (CISVSS) within the Office of the Dean of Students has been carefully following the news and guidance about COVID-19. In order to promote social distancing to limit the spread of COVID-19, the Dean of Students office is currently operating with reduced staffing levels and has transitioned to offering most services remotely.
We have therefore crafted a plan to maintain our services for students and the greater university community. At this time, we have decided to make some adjustments to our services which we will reassess as the situation evolves. Until further notice we will provide services in the following ways:
- The Office of the Dean of Students in-person drop-in hours will shift to remote or distance support through phone, email, or video conference available from 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
- CISVSS Title IX in-person student support meetings and other in-office meetings are temporarily suspended. Our team will connect with students individually to arrange phone or video conferences or will make other individual arrangements as needed until further notice.
- Title IX medical and law enforcement advocacy will take place over the phone. We are working with the University Health Center and UOPD to arrange for phone advocacy services and referrals for student survivors.
- Our 24/7 SAFE Hotline will continue to operate as usual at 541-346-SAFE (7233).
We recognize that these steps will impact survivors and students throughout our community and it was hard for us to make these decisions. However, our highest priority must be to protect the health and safety of all students, our staff, and the community. We will continue to follow guidance from Lane County Public Health, the Oregon Health Authority, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the University of Oregon. If you have any questions about our policies or services, contact us at 541-346-3216. The 24/7 SAFE Hotline is always available to sexual assault, dating and domestic violence, stalking, and sexual harassment survivors, their partners, and their families; the hotline can be reached at 541-346-SAFE (7233).
We will keep this website up-to-date as the situation progresses. Thank you for your understanding and patience as together we work to sustain the health and well-being of our campus community.
Support Happens Here
If you are a victim or survivor of sexual assault, sexual harassment, dating or domestic violence, gender-based harassment or bullying, and/or stalking and need help, start here. We have staff available 24 hours a day for confidential advice and assistance. Even if you are unsure what to do, call 541‑346‑7233 (SAFE) and you’ll be connected with somebody who will listen to you and help guide you as you figure out what you want to do next. We are here to support you and help provide the assistance and services you need.
If you are a faculty or staff member who has been contacted by a student who has experienced sexual harassment (in any form), please call the Office of the Dean of Students at 541-346-3216 so we can help you provide appropriate support and referral to resources. If you are a faculty or staff member that wants support for an incident involving you or another faculty or staff member and it is an emergency, please contact 9‑1‑1. If there is no immediate danger to you or others, please contact the Office of Investigations and Civil Rights Compliance at 541‑346‑3123.
The university does not discriminate on the basis of sex in any of its programs or activities. Questions regarding Title IX may be referred to the University of Oregon’s Title IX Coordinator, who is located in the Office of Investigations and Civil Rights Compliance, or to the Department of Education, Western Region Office for Civil Rights.
Ensuring the University of Oregon has an inclusive and welcoming campus for students, staff, faculty, and the community is a top institutional priority. We must continuously look for ways to strengthen and enhance efforts to address and reduce incidents of discrimination and harassment. To further these efforts, the UO has consolidated its Title IX and Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity offices under a newly formed Office of Investigations and Civil Rights Compliance (OICRC). We believe this new structure will continue to improve our investigation and response functions, and ultimately, better serve our university community.
OICRC recently launched a new website, investigations.uoregon.edu, which provides important information about reporting processes and obligations. The new website combines information previously published on the Title IX and former AAEO websites and reflects the restructuring of the two offices that occurred in spring 2018. Additional information relating to disability accommodations and affirmative action reporting can be found in the Employee and Labor Relations section of the Human Resources website.
For people involved as a complainant or respondent in an outstanding case with either the AAEO or Title IX office, those cases will continue without interruption.