DRUG AND ALCOHOL POLICY
Every student at Oral Roberts University is important to the university and its mission of sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ and bringing wholeness to a hurting world. As a result of our Christian mission, it is required, as a condition of continued enrollment that each student sign and abide by our Honor Code and the policies of ORU. Among other things, those who sign and pledge are agreeing to abstain from alcohol and all illegal drugs while on as well as off campus and in property owned and/ or controlled by the university and during university activities.

In addition to the principles set forth above, the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989 require an institution of higher education to adopt and implement a program to prevent the unlawful possession, use or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and employees in order to remain eligible for federal financial assistance of any kind. This policy is adopted pursuant to and in accordance with the provision of the Act.
EXTERNAL SANCTIONS
Local, state and federal laws provide for a variety of legal sanctions for the unlawful possession and distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol. These sanctions include, but are not limited to, incarceration and monetary fines. Federal law provides penalties for distributing or dispensing, or possessing with the intent to distribute or dispense a controlled substance, as well as penalties for simple possession of a controlled substance. The type and quantity of the drug, whether the convicted person has any prior convictions and whether death or previous injury resulted from use of the drug in question all affect the sentence.

Conviction under Federal or State law involving the possession or sale of a controlled substance shall make a student ineligible to receive any grant, loan or work assistance beginning with the date of conviction and ending as follows: (1) conviction for possession of a controlled substance: first offense, 1 year; second offense, 2 years; third offense, indefinite; (2) sale of a controlled substance: first offense, 2 years; second offense, indefinite. Students may regain eligibility earlier than specified by satisfactorily completing a rehabilitation program or other requirement as specified in the regulations.

State Law provides similar penalties with regard to the simple possession, distribution or possession with the intent to distribute a controlled dangerous substance. Simple possession of marijuana is a misdemeanor and carries a punishment of up to one year in the county jail. A second or subsequent conviction for simple possession of marijuana carries 2-10 years in the state penitentiary. Possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute is a felony and carries a punishment of two years to life in the penitentiary and a fine of up to $20,000 for the first conviction. A second or subsequent conviction carries a punishment of four years to life in prison and a fine of up to $40,000. Depending upon the quantity involved, a convicted individual could be sentenced under the Oklahoma “Trafficking in Illegal Drugs Act” which provides for much harsher penalties.

In addition, the Prevention of Youth Access to Alcohol law, which applies to minors consuming/in possession of alcohol or 3.2 beer, provides for the following penalties:
  • 1st violation: fines up to $300 and/or community service not to exceed 30 hours, and mandatory revocation of driver’s license for 6 months;
  • 2nd violation: fines up to $600 and/or community service not to exceed 60 hours, and mandatory revocation of driver’s license for 1 year;
  • 3rd violation: fines up to $900 and/or community service not to exceed 90 hours, and mandatory revocation of driver’s license for 2 years;
  • All minors who violate this law are subject to drug and alcohol assessment;
  • Minors who have not yet received a driver’s license will not be allowed to obtain a license for the same amount of time as the license would have been revoked.


There are also City of Tulsa laws similar to those described above. If drugs are involved the city will, most likely, defer to the state or federal authorities because their penalties are more severe. If alcohol is involved, you may be convicted of violating both local and state law and punished according to both laws.

Courts do not excuse individuals convicted of these offenses from a prison sentence to go to college or work. A conviction for such an offense is a serious blemish on your record which could prevent you from entering many careers or obtaining certain jobs.

Further information regarding these local, state and federal laws may be found in the ORU Department of Public Safety & Security and the ORU Student Development Office where copies are available to students and employees. Students and employees are encouraged to review this information. The above-referenced examples of penalties and sanctions are based on the relevant laws at the time of adoption of this policy statement. Such laws are, of course, subject to revision or amendment by way of the legislative process.
HEALTH RISKS
Health risks associated with drug use are numerous. Some of these include disruption of normal heart rhythm, small lesions of the heart, high blood pressure, leaks of blood vessels in the brain, destruction of brain cells, infertility, impotency, immune system impairment, kidney failure, heart attacks, strokes and death. There are a number of less obvious risks associated with alcohol and other drug abuse that employees might not realize, including poor job performance, poor social interactions, unwanted and inappropriate sexual activity, sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV/ AIDS, and jeopardizing career prospects.

Alcohol and other drug use represent serious threats to health and quality of life. Alcohol and other drug use increase the risk of accidents, birth defects, HIV/AIDS and other disease. Combining drugs may lead to unpredictable effects, and many prescription and nonprescription drugs are potentially addictive and dangerous. Major categories of drugs and probable effects are below.

Alcohol is a depressant drug that impairs judgment and coordination and in many persons causes a greater likelihood of aggressive and/or violent behavior. Even short-term use may cause respiratory depression and, when consumed by pregnant women, may cause irreversible physical and mental abnormalities in newborns (fetal alcohol syndrome) or even death. Long-term use may lead to irreversible physical and mental impairment, including liver disease, heart disease, cancer, ulcers, gastritis, delirium tremens and pancreatitis. Alcohol interacts negatively with more than 150 medications. Driving while under the influence of alcohol is particularly dangerous and is a major cause of traffic-related deaths.

Cocaine/Crack are powerful central nervous system stimulants that constrict blood vessels, dilate pupils, increase blood pressure and elevate heart rate. Cocaine use may induce restlessness, irritability, anxiety, paranoia, seizures, cardiac arrest, respiratory failure and death. Cocaine is extremely addictive, both psychologically and physically. Great risk exists whether cocaine is ingested by inhalation (snorting), injection or smoking. Compulsive cocaine use may develop even more rapidly if the substance is smoked and smoking crack cocaine can produce particularly aggressive paranoid behavior in users.

Date Rape Drugs (Rohypnol, rophies, roofies, ruffies, GHB, Ketamine, etc.) may incapacitate a person, particularly when used with alcohol. Rohypnol and GHB (gamma-hydroxybutyrate) are characterized as “date rape” drugs because they incapacitate victims, thereby increasing vulnerability to sexual assault and other crime. Sedation, relaxation and amnesia are associated with Rohypnol use. Rohypnol may be psychologically and physically addictive and can cause death if mixed with alcohol or other depressants. GHB usage may result in coma and seizures and, when combined with methamphetamine, appears to cause an increased risk of seizure. Combining use with other drugs such as alcohol can result in nausea and difficulty in breathing. GHB may also produce withdrawal effects, including insomnia, anxiety, tremors and sweating. Ketamine may induce feelings of near-death experiences.

Ecstasy (X, Adam, MDMA, XTC, etc.) has amphetamine-like and hallucinogenic properties. Its chemical structure is similar to other synthetic drugs known to cause brain damage. Ecstasy use may cause psychological difficulties, including confusion, depression, sleep problems, drug craving, severe anxiety, paranoia and even psychotic episodes. Similar difficulties may occur weeks after taking MDMA. Physical symptoms such as increases in heart rate and blood pressure may result from use of such substances. Other physical symptoms include muscle tension, blurred vision, nausea, rapid eyes movement and involuntary teeth clenching.

Hallucinogens (acid, PCP, LSD, psilocybin [mushrooms]) are the most potent mood-changing chemicals and may produce unpredictable effects that may impair coordination, perception and cognition. Some LSD users experience flashbacks, often without warning, without the user having taken the drug again. Violence, paranoia, delusions, hallucinations, convulsions, coma, cardiac arrest and respiratory failure may result from hallucinogen use.

Marijuana (pot, grass, hash, cannabis sativa, etc.) impairs memory, attention, coordination and learning. Long-term effects of smoking marijuana include problems with memory, learning, distorted perception, difficulty in thinking and problem solving, loss of coordination, increased heart rate, anxiety and panic attacks. Persons who smoke marijuana regularly may have many of the same respiratory problems as tobacco smokers, including daily cough and phlegm, chronic bronchitis and more frequent chest colds. Because users of marijuana deeply inhale and hold marijuana smoke in their lungs, they incur a higher risk of getting lung cancer.

Narcotics (heroin, opium, morphine, codeine, pain medication [Demerol, Percodan, Lortab, etc.) may produce temporary euphoria followed by depression, drowsiness, cognitive impairment and vomiting. Narcotic use may cause convulsions, coma and death. Tolerance and dependence tend to develop rapidly. Using contaminated syringes to inject drugs may result in contracting HIV and other infectious diseases such as hepatitis.

Nicotine (tobacco, cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco, nicotine chewing gum and patches) is highly addictive and, according to the Surgeon General, a major cause of stroke and is the third leading cause of death in the United States. Over time, higher levels of nicotine must be consumed in order to achieve the same effect. Nicotine consumption results in central nervous system sedation and, after initial activation, may cause drowsiness and depression. If women smoke cigarettes and also take oral contraceptives, they are more prone to cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases than other smokers. Pregnant women who smoke cigarettes run an increased risk of having stillborn or premature infants or infants with low birth weight.

Sedative-hypnotics (depressants, Quaaludes, Valium, Xanax, etc.) depress central nervous, cardiovascular and respiratory functions. Sedative-hypnotic use may lower blood pressure, slow reactions and distort reality. Convulsions, coma and death are outcomes associated with sedative-hypnotic use. Consuming sedative-hypnotics with alcohol or 3.2 beer is especially dangerous.

Steroids (anabolic-androgenic) may permanently damage liver, cardiovascular and reproductive systems. Possible side effects include liver tumors, cancer, jaundice, fluid retention and hypertension. In men, steroids may cause shrinking of testicles, reduced sperm count, infertility, baldness, breast development and increased risk for prostate cancer. In women, steroid use may cause growth of facial hair, male-pattern baldness, menstrual changes, enlarged clitoris and deepened voice.

Stimulants (amphetamine, methamphetamine, speed, crystal and crank) are powerful central nervous system stimulants that may increase agitation, physical activity and anxiety. Stimulants may decrease appetite, dilate pupils and cause sleeplessness. Dizziness, higher blood pressure, paranoia, mood disturbance, hallucination, dependence, convulsions and death due to stroke or heart failure may also result from use.

Reference: National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health nida.nih.gov

Additional information about health risks associated with alcohol and other drug use may be available from the following sources.
HIV / AIDS POLICY STATEMENT
ORU is committed to providing a safe environment for its students. This HIV/AIDS policy is designed to address the concerns and needs of students and to preserve the rights of the members of the university community. The information set forth in this policy is based upon the most recent information concerning HIV infection and AIDS, which indicates that there is no known risk of transmission of HIV through ordinary study relationships or educational activities. This policy is consistent with and shall be administered in accordance with applicable federal and state laws and standards; however, the policy needs to be sufficiently flexible and allow for case-by-case analysis without surrendering its consistency of purpose.

AIDS is a serious progressive illness caused by the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) in which the immune system is disabled. Infection with HIV (the virus that causes AIDS) may make a person highly vulnerable to serious and life-threatening conditions. Presently, there is no known cure for AIDS. Transmission of the virus is highly associated with sexual intercourse with an infected person, IV injection using an infected needle, transfusions of infected blood and transference to children through pregnancy or breast feeding.
NO RETALIATION
All faculty, staff and students of ORU have a responsibility to report inappropriate conduct occurring at ORU. No one who in submits a complaint in good faith or who, in good faith, cooperates in the investigation of a complaint shall suffer harassment, retaliation or adverse consequences because of these protected activities. Any individual who retaliates against another individual who has submitted a complaint or has cooperated in the investigation of a complaint is subject to disciplinary action up to or including termination or expulsion from the University.
ORU CAMPUS
ORU provides its students, faculty and staff confidential sources of help when confronted with alcohol or drug-abuse issues. These services or referrals may include assessment, intervention and education. Contact information for these services is below:

STUDENTS—ORU STUDENT COUNSELING SERVICE (918) 495-6581

NATIONAL

National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Hope Line
1-800-622-2255, 24 hours a day
National Institute on Drug Abuse National Institutes of Health
1-800-729-6686 1-800-437-4889 (TDY)
Reach-Out Hotline
1-800-522-9054
Alcohol, drug, domestic violence, sexual assault, rape crisis intervention and mental health referral.


LOCAL

Alcoholics Anonymous (918) 627-2224
Brookhaven Hospital (918) 438-4257
Celebrate Recovery celebraterecovery.org
Laureate Psychiatric Clinic and Hospital (918) 481-4000
Mental Health Association of Tulsa (918) 585-1213
Saint John Medical Center (918) 744-2066
ORAL ROBERTS UNIVERSITY POLICY FOR THE PRIVACY AND RELEASE OF STUDENT INFORMATION
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their education records beginning the first day of class. These rights are as follows:

  • The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within 45 days of the day the University receives a request for access. Students should submit to the Registrar written requests that identify the record(s) they wish to inspect. The University official will make arrangements for access and notify the student of the time and place where the records may be inspected. If the records are not maintained by the University official to whom the request was submitted, that official shall advise the student of the correct official to whom the request should be addressed.
  • The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the student believes is inaccurate or misleading. Students may ask the University to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate or misleading. They should write the University official responsible for the record, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed and specify why it is inaccurate or misleading. If the University decides not to amend the record as requested by the student, the University will notify the student of the decision and advise the student of his or her right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the student when notified of the right to a hearing.
  • The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. One exception, which permits disclosure without consent, is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is defined as a person employed by the University in an administrative, supervisory, academic or support staff position (including law enforcement unit and health staff); a person or company with whom the University has contracted (such as an attorney, auditor, degree or enrollment verification service (National Clearinghouse) or collection agent) and person serving on the Board of Trustees or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility.
  • ORU designates the following categories of student information as public or Directory Information. Such information may be disclosed by the institution for any purpose, at its discretion.
    • Category I: Name, address, telephone number, dates of attendance, classification.
    • Category II: Previous institution(s) attended, major field of study, awards, honors (including Dean’s List), degree(s) conferred (including dates).
    • Category III: Past and present participation in officially recognized sports and activities, physical factors (height, weight) of athletes, date, place of birth.
    • Category IV: Grade reports to parents or guardians of undergraduate students who are of dependent status. Currently enrolled students may withhold disclosure of any category of information under FERPA. To withhold disclosure, written notification must be received in the Registrar’s office prior to the second week of each semester.
  • The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the University to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the office that administers FERPA is:
    Family Policy Compliance Office
    U.S. Department of Education
    400 Maryland Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC 20202-4605
  • Undergraduate students declare Dependent or Independent status as part of the Registration process each semester or term. Dependent or Independent status is based on whether or not the student was claimed as a dependent on the parents’ most recent IRS Tax Form. ORU reserves the right to amend Dependent/Independent information that is deemed inaccurate.
  • Parents may obtain nondirectory information (grades, GPA, etc.) only at the discretion of the institution and after it has been determined that their child is legally their dependent. Parents also obtain nondirectory information by submitting a signed consent from their child.
POLICY
As set forth in local, state and federal laws and the rules and regulations of the University ORU prohibits the unlawful possession, use or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and employees in buildings, facilities, grounds or other property owned and/or controlled by the university or as part of university activities.
POLICY FOR STUDENTS
No person will be denied admission to any educational program or activity based on AIDS or HIV infection. ORU will make reasonable accommodations for students with HIV infection or AIDS as set forth in applicable laws, which may include reasonable modifications or adjustments to the academic environment. Situations may arise when a person’s medical condition may affect public health and safety, making modified or limited access to certain facilities, activities or services necessary. Such determinations will be made on a case-by-case basis, after careful consideration of the particular facts. ORU reserves the right to take actions that are, in its judgment, necessary or appropriate to protect persons from exposure to infection if the university becomes aware of activity that poses a significant risk of exposure.

  1. Admissions Consideration of any form of HIV infection shall not be a part of the initial admission decision for those applying to attend ORU.
  2. Residential Housing Decisions about housing for students with HIV/AIDS infection are made on a case-by-case basis. The best currently available medical information does not indicate any risk to those sharing residence with infected individuals. In some circumstances, however, there may be reasonable concern for the health of students with immune deficiencies (of any origin) in a close living situation, for which ORU may require or recommend assigned private rooms in order to protect the health of the student.
  3. Access to Facilities ORU ensures access for students with HIV/AIDS-related conditions to classrooms, libraries, studying areas, chapel, recreational facilities and other common areas.
  4. Athletic Programs Students with AIDS-related conditions may be capable of vigorous athletic activity; in some circumstances, however, competition may not be medically advisable for the health of the student athlete. Individual assessment is generally required. The Athletic Department has procedures for handling injuries to student athletes and for dealing with spilled blood or body fluids.
  5. Confidentiality of Information ORU requires that confidential information concerning any aspect of HIV infection is handled with due care. Individuals in the university to whom information is disclosed concerning the existence and/or identity of students who have an HIV infection is restricted to those who have a legitimate need to know the information for purposes of their job responsibilities. Generally, specific or detailed information concerning complaints or diagnosis is not provided to faculty, administrators, students or parents, without the expressed written consent of the patient. ORU medical personnel will carefully weigh the importance of including any specific information about the existence of known HIV infection in the ordinary medical record except when circumstances of medical necessity mandate it. The duty of ORU, its medical personnel, faculty and staff to protect the confidentiality of information is superseded by the necessity to protect others in circumstances that threaten the health, safety and welfare of third parties.

    If an individual with HIV or any contagious condition places another person at risk or pursues activity that puts another individual in danger, then the privilege of confidentiality is superseded by the requirements of public health and safety. If an individual chooses to self-identify his or her condition, the university will respond to that individual as it would for any other serious illness. The university is committed to providing educational, counseling and referral resources to individuals with the HIV infection or AIDS-related condition.
POLITICAL CAMPAIGN-RELATED ACTIVITIES
Oral Roberts University supports the involvement of its administrators, faculty, staff and students in their right, as individuals, to participate in the political process. However, under the Internal Revenue Code, as a section 501(c)(3) organization, ORU is absolutely prohibited from directly or indirectly participating in, or intervening in, any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elective public office. Violation of this prohibition can result in revocation of tax exempt status and imposition of financial penalties. The following are several statements directly related to Political Campaign-Related Activities at Oral Roberts University:

  • Oral Roberts University, as an institution, can not and will not endorse, sponsor or oppose a candidate for office.
  • Members of Oral Roberts University’s faculty, administration and other employees of the university are entitled to participate off-hours, as they desire, in the election process as long as they are not acting or speaking in the name of the university; they are not acting at the direction of a university official and provided that it is clearly expressed that their opinions are not those of the institution.
  • Individual students and student groups of Oral Roberts University are entitled to participate, as they desire, in the election process as long as they are not acting or speaking on behalf of or in the name of the university; they are not acting at the direction of a university official and provided that it is clearly expressed that their opinions are not those of the institution. Administrators and faculty should take special care in relation to such proposed activities, to avoid even the appearance of institutional intervention.
  • It is a common academic practice for students to be engaged in activities that utilize processes involved in political campaigns, issue debates and/or field work related to the political process. The purpose of these activities is to apply the principles learned in the classroom. No student, however, is required to participate in any political campaign activity as a condition or requirement of any course offered by ORU.
  • Oral Roberts University resources (office space, supplies, telephones, etc.) cannot be used for the support of or opposition to a candidate for office.

It is important to note that this is not an exhaustive list of the “do’s” and “don’ts” of political involvement for Oral Roberts University, its administration, faculty, staff and students. Additional information regarding political campaign activities and prohibited intervention are set forth in the Appendix to this handbook. Those individuals with questions should contact David Wagner, Vice President for University Relations and Development for further information.


FROM THE INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE WEB SITE —UPDATED APRIL 17, 2008

Political Activities Compliance Initiative (2008 Election)
The Internal Revenue Service’s Political Activities Compliance Initiative (PACI) will remain in effect for the 2008 election season. PACI seeks to educate section 501(c)(3) organizations such as charities and churches about the federal ban on political activity.

As in previous years, the 2008 IRS effort will include both educational and compliance components. This year’s initiative will include the following:
  • Letters to the national political party committees explaining the law’s ban on political campaign activity by charities and churches
  • A letter in the Federal Election Commission’s monthly newsletter asking candidates to ensure that their contacts with charitable organizations do not inadvertently jeopardize the tax-exempt status of any organization
  • A news release reminding charities and churches of the ban
  • Reorganizing the IRS’ Web site materials concerning the ban to make them more accessible to organizations, political candidates and parties, and the general public
  • Examinations of organizations the IRS believes may be violating the ban


The Restriction of Political Campaign Intervention by Section 501(c)(3) Tax-Exempt Organizations
Under the Internal Revenue Code, all section 501(c)(3) organizations are absolutely prohibited from directly or indirectly participating in, or intervening in, any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elective public office. Contributions to political campaign funds or public statements of position (verbal or written) made on behalf of the organization in favor of or in opposition to any candidate for public office clearly violate the prohibition against political campaign activity. Violating this prohibition may result in denial or revocation of tax-exempt status and the imposition of certain excise taxes.

Certain activities or expenditures may not be prohibited depending on the facts and circumstances. For example, certain voter education activities (including presenting public forums and publishing voter education guides) conducted in a nonpartisan manner do not constitute prohibited political campaign activity. In addition, other activities intended to encourage people to participate in the electoral process, such as voter registration and get-out-the-vote drives, would not be prohibited political campaign activity if conducted in a nonpartisan manner.

On the other hand, voter education or registration activities with evidence of bias that (a) would favor one candidate over another; (b) oppose a candidate in some manner or (c) have the effect of favoring a candidate or group of candidates, will constitute prohibited participation or intervention.

The Internal Revenue Service provides resources to exempt organizations and the public to help them understand the prohibition. As part of its examination program, the IRS also monitors whether organizations are complying with the prohibition. For additional information go to www.irs.gov.
SAFETY GUIDELINES
As protection for members of the university community, departments must follow safety guidelines promulgated by the United States Public Health Service and Occupational Safety and Health Administration for the handling of blood, blood products or other bodily fluids.
SEXUAL AND OTHER PROHIBITED HARASSMENT POLICY
Policy
Oral Roberts University (ORU) is committed to providing an environment in which its students are treated with courtesy, respect and dignity. Harassment on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, sex, age, genetic information, or any other protected status under federal, state or local law applicable to the university is a violation of this policy. ORU does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its education programs and activities. In addition, sexual harassment and gender based discrimination are prohibited by Title IX. Sexual or other prohibited harassment may involve unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, nonverbal or physical conduct or communications by a faculty member, administrator, staff, contractor or fellow student. Sexual violence is also form of sex harassment prohibited by ORU and Title IX. Inquiries regarding Title IX can be referred to ORU’s Title IX Coordinator or the Office of Civil Rights, Department of Education.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action, up to and including suspension, termination of employment, and expulsion from school. It is also a violation of ORU policy to engage in any conduct or communication in retaliation or reprisal against anyone who has reported harassment, assisted in a harassment complaint or cooperated in a harassment investigation. Nothing in this policy alters the provisions of the Honor Code.

Applications
This policy is applicable to all students, administrators, faculty, staff and contractors of ORU. These individuals are responsible for immediately reporting any knowledge or information concerning harassment to the appropriate ORU official identified below. This policy shall be published on the ORU website; included in student, faculty and staff handbooks; and published in such other forms/ manners as may be deemed appropriate.

Definitions
Sexual harassment is any unwelcome sexual advances; requests for sexual favors; or other verbal, physical or visual conduct of a sexual nature including sexual violence. Sexual violence, as that term is used in this policy, refers to physical sexual acts perpetrated against a person’s will or where a person is incapable of giving consent due to the victim’s use of drugs or alcohol. An individual also may be unable to give consent due to an intellectual or other disability. A number of different acts fall into the category of sexual violence, including rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, and sexual coercion. Gender-based harassment includes acts of verbal, nonverbal, or physical aggression, intimidation, or hostility based on sex or sex-stereotyping.

Harassment occurs when any one of the following conditions is present:
  1. Submission to or rejection of such conduct is made explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s educational opportunity whether those programs take place in university facilities, on a bus, at a class or training program or a school-sponsored trip.
  2. Acts perpetrated against a person’s will or where a person is incapable of giving consent due to the victim’s use of drugs or alcohol or when an individual may be unable to give consent due to an intellectual or other disability.
  3. Submission to or rejection of such conduct is used as the basis for determining academic performance, evaluation, grades, advancement or continuation as a student.
  4. Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive academic, educational or living environment.


Harassment and/or sexual violence against their will or where a person is incapable of giving consent may be found in a single episode, as well as in persistent behavior. Prohibited conduct includes deliberate, repeated, unsolicited verbal comments; sexual jokes or ridicule; physical gestures or actions of a sexual or physical nature; and solicitations for sexual favors.

An amorous relationship between any faculty or administrator and any student for whom he or she has a professional responsibility is inappropriate. In a relationship between any faculty or administrator and a student for whom there is no current professional responsibility, there should be sensitivity to the constant possibility that he or she may unexpectedly be placed in a position of responsibility for the student’s instruction or evaluation.

Complaint Procedures
In the event a student is subject to harassment, sexual violence or has knowledge or information concerning its occurrence, it is his/her responsibility to report the matter to the appropriate dean. Undergraduate students should report to the Dean of Men or Dean of Women. Graduate students should report to the dean of their graduate school. It is the respective dean’s responsibility to immediately inform the Director of Human Resources of any such complaints. In the event a report to the applicable dean is not practical, the student is requested to report the matter directly to the Director of Human Resources. Should the complaint allege harassment of a student by a staff or faculty member, the Dean receiving the complaint should immediately contact the Director of Human Resources. All reports of sexual harassment and violence should be reported to the Director o Human Resources, who serves as ORU’s Title IX Coordinator.

Director of Human Resources
7777 South Lewis, Personnel Building
Tulsa, OK 74171
(918) 495-7874
kaadams@oru.edu


Initially, the reporting party will be requested to complete a Complaint Form, identifying the parties involved, the conduct complained of, and other pertinent information. After receipt of the Complaint Form, the matter will be referred to the Director of Human Resources who serves as the Title IX Coordinator for a prompt, thorough and impartial investigation. The reporting party and other individuals who have knowledge or information concerning the subject of the complaint are expected to cooperate in the investigation. While ORU will endeavor to maintain the sensitive nature of any complaint, absolute confidentiality is not and cannot be guaranteed. Both parties involved in the investigation of a complaint will be afforded to present information, evidence and identify witnesses to be interviewed by ORU.

In the event the outcome of the investigation indicates conduct or communications in violation of this policy, ORU will institute remedial action to address the conduct and communication that are designed to prevent re-occurrence. To the extent appropriate, ORU will advise the parties of any remedial or disciplinary measures to be taken as a result of its investigation into the complaint. Any student adversely affected by these measures may, under certain circumstances, institute a formal grievance procedure.

The standard for determining whether conduct in violation of this policy occurred shall not be greater than the preponderance of the evidence standard – i.e. more likely than not that sexual harassment occurred, however, ORU may take disciplinary action based upon a lesser standard depending upon the facts and circumstances of the complaint.

Student, Faculty or Staff aggrieved by the outcome of the investigation, may appeal the decision through ORU’s grievance procedure applicable to students, faculty and staff.

The investigative process generally takes sixty (60) days, however, the facts and circumstances of a particular complaint may vary the timetable. Upon completion of the investigation, the parties involved will receive notice of the outcome of the complaint. The parties have thirty (30) days following receipt of the notice to file any appeal.
UNIVERSITY SANCTIONS
Any student or employee of ORU who has violated this prohibition shall be subject to disciplinary action including, but not limited to, suspension, expulsion, termination of employment, referral for prosecution and/or completion, at the individual’s expense, of an appropriate rehabilitation program. Any disciplinary action shall be taken in accordance with applicable policies of ORU. At such time individuals return to the University, subject to the conditions as stated in the previous paragraph, ORU reserves the right to conduct random drug tests.
VIOLATION OF POLICY
Any employee or student found to have violated ORU’s policy on AIDS, including discriminating against or harassing an individual afflicted with AIDS, as determined by the appropriate decision-making individual or body, will be subject to disciplinary action, including possible suspension, termination or expulsion. Any employee or student with HIV infection or AIDS who believes that he or she is being discriminated against or harassed, knows or suspects the occurrence of AIDS discrimination or harassment or desires counseling, is strongly urged and encouraged to immediately contact ORU’s Director of Counseling or the Vice President for Student Life.

This policy will be changed as necessary to reflect additional and updated information.