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Ohio Christian University is an institution built upon honor, integrity, trust, and respect. Consistent with these values, the University is committed to providing a safe and non-discriminatory learning, living, and working environment for all members of the University community. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex or gender in any of its education or employment programs and activities. The Policy prohibits specific forms of behavior, which the Policy collectively refers to as “Prohibited Conduct”:

  • Sexual Discrimination
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Non-Consensual Sexual Intercourse
  • Non-Consensual Sexual Contact
  • Stalking
  • Intimate Partner Violence
  • Sexual Exploration

Acts of Prohibited Conduct are unlawful. Specifically, they violate Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”) and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”); undermine the character and purpose of the University, and will not be tolerated. Acts of Prohibited Conduct also require the University to fulfill certain obligations under the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (“VAWA”) and the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (“Clery Act”).

In addition to being unlawful, acts of Prohibited Conduct undermine the character and purpose of the University. They will not be tolerated.

Ohio Christian University Title IX Team

University Title IX Coordinator

Ronda Baldwin

Graham Administration Building
1476 Lancaster Pike
Circleville, Ohio 43113
Phone:  (740) 477-7741
Email:  rbaldwin@ohiochristian.edu

Ronda Baldwin is responsible for the University's overall compliance with Title IX in all of its programs and activities, including academics, employment, housing, athletics, and extracurricular activities. As part of this responsibility, she supervises the Title IX team and oversees the prompt and equitable resolution of all informal and formal complaints under the University's Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment and Other Forms of Interpersonal Violence policy. She also coordinates training, prevention, and outreach to ensure University community members are aware of their rights, responsibilities, and resources.

University Title IX Investigator

Zachary Stephens

Graham Administration Building
1476 Lancaster Pike
Circleville, Ohio 43113
(740) 477-7743
zstephens@ohiochristian.edu

The Title IX Investigator supports the University's response to Title IX complaints consistent with its Policy on Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment and Other Forms of Interpersonal Violence by conducting prompt, equitable, and trauma-informed investigations pursuant to the policy and related procedures.

University Title IX Investigator

Michelle Blanton
1476 Lancaster Pike
Circleville, Ohio 43113
(740) 477-7776
mblanton@ohiochristian.edu

The Title IX Investigator supports the University's response to Title IX complaints consistent with its Policy on Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment and Other Forms of Interpersonal Violence by conducting prompt, equitable, and trauma-informed investigations pursuant to the policy and related procedures.

University Title IX Investigator

Tera Kuehne
1476 Lancaster Pike
Circleville, Ohio 43113
(740) 477-7743
tkuehne@ohiochristian.edu

The Title IX Investigator supports the University's response to Title IX complaints consistent with its Policy on Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment and Other Forms of Interpersonal Violence by conducting prompt, equitable, and trauma-informed investigations pursuant to the policy and related procedures.

University Title IX Coordinator Assistant

David Pennington
1476 Lancaster Pike
Circleville, Ohio 43113
(740) 420-5906

dpennington@ohiochristian.edu

The Assistant to the Title IX Coordinator is responsible for providing administrative and operational support to the Title IX Office, including coordinating and implementing sensitive processes that support the mission of the Title IX team.

External Title IX Investigator

On an as needed basis, the University partners with highly-trained, experienced external Title IX Investigators who, in consultation with the Title IX Coordinator, conduct prompt, thorough, and trauma-informed investigations pursuant to the University's Policy on Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment and Other Forms of Interpersonal Violence and related procedures.

 

Ohio Christian University Title IX Policy

Ohio Christian University Title IX Policy Document

Confidential Resources

Ohio Christian University is committed to providing a safe and non-discriminatory environment for all members of the University community.  There are several University, community, and confidential resources available for all members of the University.

University Confidential Resources:

  • Office of Student Development Chaplain

Community Confidential Resources:

  • National Sexual Assault Hotline – 1-800-656-HOPE (4673)
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline – 1-800-799-7233
  • Ohio Sexual Violence Helpline – 1-844-OHIOHELP (1-844-644-6435)
  • Ohio Hispanic Coalition Domestic Violence 24 Hour Hotline (614) 746-3534 (Spanish and English)
  • Haven House of Pickaway County –(740) 477-9113
  • Medical care options in your community, including:
    • Berger Health in Circleville, Ohio – (740) 474-2126
  • Counseling Services

Help for Students/Faculty/Staff

Medical

After a traumatic event, such as a sexual assault or some other form of sexual or gender-based violence, it is important to seek medical care. Health care providers can help you determine the extent of injuries, whether you need medications (e.g., emergency contraception, antibiotics to prevent sexually transmitted infection, antiretrovirals to prevent HIV), assist you emotionally, and, should you choose, collect and preserve physical evidence (SANE exam).

Where to go for Confidential Medical Attention:

Berger Health Systems

600 N. Pickaway Street
Circleville, Ohio 43113
(740) 474-2126

Safety

You are strongly encouraged to report sexual and gender-based violence to the police. Reporting to police will not affect your ability to pursue action through the University process and does not obligate you to pursue a criminal process.

Emergency: 

  • Call 911

Non-Emergency:

  • Pickaway County Sheriff: (740) 474-2176
  • Circleville Police Department:  (740) 477-8231
  • OCU Security Department:  (740) 412-5337

Discrimination: Discrimination is based on inequitable treatment of individuals. The University prohibits discrimination of its employees or students that is related to the individual’s race, color, sex, national origin, age, disability, or military service.

Harassment: Harassment includes, but is not limited to, any conduct that a recipient feels is offensive, unwelcome, demeaning, rude, or threatening. This conduct can:

  • take the form of slurs, jokes, bullying, cyber bullying, or stalking;
  • be verbal, graphic, or physical;
  • be directed at employees or students;
  • occur in peer-to-peer or hierarchical relationships; and/or
  • be perpetrated by employees, students or non-employees.

Violence: The University prohibits violence of any sort against any of its members.

When discrimination, harassment, or violence is reported, the University will take prompt and remedial action. Violation of this policy by any of its members shall subject the individual to disciplinary action, up to and including discharge.