For Respondents

Individuals accused of sex discrimination, including sexual misconduct generally are referred to as “Respondents” in the university’s policies and procedures. The Respondent is alleged to be responsible of prohibited conduct which may involve harassment or discrimination of a person or persons. A Respondent may be an individual, group, program, academic or administrative unit, or the institution.

A Respondent is someone designated to respond to a report that has been filed to the Title IX Office.

The university strives to provide respondents a fair and equitable process. The university respects the constitutional rights of respondents and does not presume that respondents have violated university policies unless there has been a finding of responsibility through the adjudicatory process.

The university does not discriminate on the basis of sex in any of it's programs or activities. Questions regarding Title IX may be referred to the University of Cincinnati's Interim Title IX Coordinator, Matt Olovson.

If it is alleged that you have violated the Title IX policy, we would like you to know that there are services that are available to assist you.


Know Your Options

Students who have received notice of allegations of sexual harassment, including sexual assault, dating or domestic violence, gender-based harassment, and stalking have options to receive help from a variety of sources.

Policy and Procedures

Title IX

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, gender, or gender identity in the university’s programs and activities. Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex including retaliation against someone who has filed a report, is involved in an investigation, or otherwise asserted rights protected by Title IX.

UC Title IX Grievance Procedures for Students and Third Parties

The Grievance Procedure for Students and Third Parties provides for a prompt, reliable, impartial resolution of complaints of sex discrimination. Complaints will generally be resolved within 60 days of the filing of a complaint; however, in some circumstances, complaints may take longer to resolve (e.g., if filed during university breaks.) If there is a need to extend the timelines set forth below, the Title IX Coordinator will make the determination and notify the parties.

All student policies can be found in the Student Code of Conduct.

UC Notice of Non-Discrimination

The University of Cincinnati does not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, age, sexual orientation, veteran status or gender identity and expression in its programs and activities. This information is in the UC Notice of Non-Discrimination.

The university does not tolerate discrimination, harassment, or retaliation on these bases and takes steps to ensure that students, employees, and third parties are not subject to a hostile environment in University programs or activities.

The university responds promptly and effectively to allegations of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. It promptly conducts investigations and takes appropriate action, including disciplinary action, against individuals found to have violated its policies, as well as provides appropriate remedies to complainants and the campus community. The university takes immediate action to end a hostile environment if one has been created, prevent its recurrence, and remedy the effects of any hostile environment on affected members of the campus community.

UC is committed to the ideal of universal Web accessibility and strives to provide an accessible Web presence that enables all university community members and visitors full access to information provided on its websites. Every effort has been made to make these pages as accessible as possible in accordance with the applicable guidelines. 

Investigations

Title IX investigations of sex discrimination complaints provides for the prompt, reliable, impartial resolution of complaints. Complaints will generally be resolved within 60 days of the filing of a complaint; however, in some circumstances, complaints may take longer to resolve (e.g., if filed during university breaks.) If there is a need to extend the time lines set forth below, the Title IX Coordinator will make the determination and notify the parties. Notwithstanding the waiver, complainants who have experienced sexual violence are still encouraged to file complaints. Complainants and respondents will receive regular updates regarding the status of their complaints.

Retaliation

The University does not tolerate intimidation, retaliation, or retaliatory harassment against individuals because they filed a complaint, participated in a Title IX investigation, or otherwise asserted rights protected by Title IX. Individuals found responsible for retaliation in violation of Title IX will be held accountable under the Student Code of Conduct. Remedies may be available to complainants, witnesses, and participants in the Title IX process who experience retaliation.

Privacy

The university takes steps to ensure that information is only shared as necessary, on a need-to-know basis and their primary goal will be to help provide support and services to you. Students 18 years or older are protected by FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act), which means that we cannot disclose information about your report to your family or friends without your written consent. However, the University is obligated to comply with Ohio Public Records law.

In order for the University to implement or address interim measures based on your request or the university’s need to keep the community safe, a professor or administrator may be notified and minimal information is shared with those parties.

University Support and Interim Measures

Interim Measures

The university will evaluate your request and make a good faith effort to make reasonable interim measures.

If you are looking for accommodations in relation to a disability, please contact Accessibility Resources at 513-556-6823 or visit their office in 210 University Pavilion.

Counseling Services

Counseling & Psychological Services offers confidential support, evaluation, and counseling for students experiencing personal difficulties including students who have been accused of sexual harassment, including sexual assault, dating or domestic violence, gender-based harasment, and stalking.

Counseling Services are also available at Blue Ash College and Clermont College.

Health Services

University Health Services provides mental health care for the vibrant and diverse students of the University of Cincinnati.

Frequently Asked Questions

Upon receipt of notice that a Title IX complaint has been filed, respondents are encouraged to consult with an advisor of their choice. Respondents who need assistance identifying an advisor may contact the Title IX Office for help selecting a trained advisor. Advisors can help explain policies and procedures, provide support during meetings with the university as part of the investigation and adjudication of the complaint, and consult with respondents as they prepare documents in support of their cases. Advisors are not permitted to speak on behalf of the respondent during the meetings or hearings.

Respondents also may wish to utilize confidential counseling services through the university’s Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). CAPS also has a 24/7 helpline staffed by professional counselors available at (513) 556-0648.

  • Counseling & Psychological  Services (CAPS): Provides confidential crisis intervention and ongoing individual counseling. After hours’ helpline staffed by professional counselors are available.
  • Counseling Services at Blue Ash: Provides free, confidential crisis intervention and ongoing individual counseling. After hours’ helpline staffed by professional counselors are available.
  • Compass Counseling Center at UC Clermont: Provides free, confidential crisis intervention and ongoing individual counseling. After hours’ helpline staffed by professional counselors are available.
  • University Health Services: Provides mental health care for the vibrant and diverse students of the University of Cincinnati. Utilizing a holistic approach to treatments.

Interim measures are an additional resource provided by the Title IX office. Available interim measures include, but are not limited to; academic support, work schedules, housing arrangements, and access to counseling, health and mental health services at no cost. In addition, if accommodations are necessary due to a disability, contact Accessibility Resources.

The university takes steps to ensure that information is only shared as necessary, on a need-to-know basis and their primary goal will be to help provide support and services to you. Students 18 years or older are protected by FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act), which means that we cannot disclose information about your report to your family or friends without your written consent. However, the University is obligated to comply with Ohio Public Records law.

In order for the University to implement or address interim measures based on your request or the university’s need to keep the community safe, a professor or administrator may be notified and minimal information is shared with those parties.

Yes. There are multiple confidential places on campus that can provide you with assistance.

UC Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) and University Health Services provide confidential services on the Uptown/Clifton campus. Confidential services are available at the Compass Counseling Center at Clermont and at Counseling Services at Blue Ash.