COVID-19 Updates and Information
To contribute to the University's safety efforts regarding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the physical office of the OEC will remain closed at least through the end of the Fall 2020 semester. However, all OEC services remain available in a remote and/or virtual format. This includes maintaining virtual office hours, receiving and processing reports and complaints, facilitating supportive measures, conducting investigations, and offering trainings and educational programming. To access any services or for general questions, please email email@example.com.
The Office for Equity & Compliance (“OEC”) remains committed to proceeding with all services in an equitable and prompt manner, in compliance with our Comprehensive Policy as well as federal and state laws and regulations. This commitment includes avoiding undue delay in the processing and resolution of current and future investigations while continuing to provide impartial, fair, equitable, and reliable resolution processes.
In light of these extraordinary circumstances, we offer the following:
- Virtual office hours are available daily
To accommodate for unforseen student, faculty, or staff needs; provide an open forum for questions about policies or processes; or to offer availability for any other reason, the OEC is holding virtual office hours via Zoom every business day (Monday through Friday, except Univeristy holidays) according to the following schedule:
Mondays: 1:00-2:00 PM (CST) <-- click any link to join
Tuesdays: 11:30-12:30 PM (CST)
Wednesdays: 3:00-4:00 PM (CST) (There will be no office hour on May 5)
Thursdays: 8:30-9:30 AM (CST)
Fridays: 10:00-11:00 AM (CST)
Click the links above to join the meetings, and you will arrive in a virtual waiting room. You will be admitted to speak privately to an OEC staff member as soon as one is available. Learn more about virtual office hours here.
- Investigatory and other meetings will be facilitated via Zoom
All investigative or other meetings with OEC staff will be conducted via the Zoom videoconferencing platform. Zoom is a secure, reliable, and equitable alternative to in-person meetings. Zoom provides for live audio and visual communication, as well as the collaborative review of documents or other evidence remotely. Whenever a party would ordinarily be permitted an advisor for an in-person meeting, the advisor may accompany the party by Zoom as well (more information about advisors is available here). Zoom meetings may not be recorded by any party or advisor. Please contact the appropriate OEC staff member to schedule a Zoom meeting or to request further assistance accessing or using Zoom as needed.
We recognize that your health and safety, and that of your families and communities, must take priority during this period. We also ask for your patience and flexibility as we work to meet the changing needs of our campus while continuing to provide a prompt, fair, and equitable administrative process to respond to reports of alleged misconduct.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the OEC via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional virtual resources for survivors of sexual misconduct -- including trauma therapy and crisis intervention, medical advocacy, and legal advocacy -- are available through Resilience, a Chicago-based non-profit. More information about these virtual resources can be found on this page of the Relience website.