Office of the Dean of Students

Oakland Center, Suite 150
312 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4454
(location map)
(248) 370-3352
[email protected]

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Sexual Misconduct / Sexual Assault and Violence Initiative

The Sexual Assault and Violence Initiative strives to provide sexual assault and misconduct education, awareness building, events and resources for all campus community members. Sexual misconduct is defined as an unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature without consent and includes sexual harassment, sexually hostile environments and sexual violence.

Sexual harassment is unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature, which can include unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, nonverbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature, including sexual assault and other acts of sexual violence.

Sexual harassment creates a sexually hostile environment if the conduct is sufficiently serious that it denies or limits the ability to participate in or benefit from a University program.

Sexual violence refers to physical sexual acts perpetrated against a person’s will or where a person is incapable of giving consent. A number of different acts fall into this category including rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, sexual abuse, and sexual coercion.

Let's End Campus Sexual Assault booklet

Emergency Contact Numbers
OU Police Department Dial 911 (campus phone) or (248) 370-3331 (cell phone)
Send a text to 67283 and include “OUPD” at the beginning of the message

HAVEN (off-campus)
24-hour crisis and support line: (248) 334-1274
Toll-free crisis line: (877) 922-1274

General Contact Information
Chad Martinez
Title IX and Compliance Director 
Office of Title IX and Compliance 150 Oakland Center 
(248) 370-2450
[email protected]

Jessie L. Hurse, Jr. 
Associate Dean of Students & Deputy Title IX Coordinator 
150 Oakland Center 
(248) 370-3352
[email protected]


Welcome to Oakland University, an inclusive and diverse community that respects the rights, viewpoints and lifestyles of all of our community members.

At Oakland University, we strive to maintain an environment free from discrimination and harassment on any basis.

Here, we are vigilant and attentive to foster and maintain a welcoming, secure and safe environment for OU students, faculty, staff and visitors.

An essential part of our commitment is the highest priority we place on upholding laws that prohibit sex discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating and domestic violence and stalking, like the Federal Law known simply as “Title IX”.

Sex discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating and domestic violence, and stalking are not tolerated at OU.

Title IX states that: “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”

As members of the OU community, we all play a part in developing and maintaining a safe and supportive social and learning environment.

We all strive to create a campus environment where every student feels safe to report any behavior they feel is inappropriate.

OU’s Title IX Coordinator and Deputy Title IX Coordinator are here to receive and investigate claims of sexual discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking, whether the claim involves another student, an OU faculty or staff member, an employee of a vendor, or a visitor.

When a report is made to the Title IX Coordinator, OU provides a supportive environment for everyone involved to make sure each person knows the process and the resources available to them.

The Title IX Coordinator and Deputy Title IX Coordinator will guide all students involved in the complaint process, and help them navigate the resources available to them.

One concept that everyone needs to clearly understand is “consent”.

“Consent” is the affirmation of a conscious and freely made decision made by each person, especially to consent to sexual activity.

Consent to engage in sexual activity on one occasion is not consent to engage in sexual activity on another occasion.

Silence is not consent.

Consent, once given, can also be withdrawn at any time.

When a person is under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or is experiencing mental or physical distress, then their conscious decision-making process may be impaired and their apparent consent may not be valid.

If coercion, intimidation, threats or physical force is used, then there is no consent.

For additional guidance on consent, please refer to the Student Sexual Misconduct Policy.

Our challenge to all members of the OU community is straightforward: If you see something, say something.

For more information and additional resources, please contact Chad Martinez, Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Title IX Coordinator at Oakland University or Jessie Hurse, the Deputy Title IX Coordinator and Associate Dean of Students.