Participate in the Office for Civil Rights Campus Visit

Representatives from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) will be on campus September 8–12 to conduct focus groups with IU students. 

Why is OCR visiting campus?

OCR’s visit is part of a review of IU Bloomington’s compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendment Acts of 1972. This law prohibits all forms of sexual harassment, including rape and sexual assault.

Who should attend these focus groups?

If you are a student at IU Bloomington, OCR wants to talk to you—even if you've never experienced or witnessed sexual violence on campus. They want input from a broad representation of students, including:

  • Students of all genders and sexual orientations
  • Undergraduate and graduate students
  • International students
  • Students who are survivors of sexual violence or harassment
  • Students who know a survivor
  • Students who may have been accused of engaging in sexual violence or harassment
  • Students who know someone who has been accused
  • Students who have not experienced sexual violence or harassment

What will the focus groups be about?

You will be asked to share what you know about IU’s policies, procedures, and resources related to sexual violence and harassment, as well as what our campus climate is in connection with these issues.

You'll also get a free meal—pizza will be served.

Will the groups be confidential? Will any professors or IU staff members be there?

We want you to speak freely during your focus group, so university staff will not be present. The door to the room where the focus group is taking place will be closed to further ensure confidentiality. In addition, OCR will not identify you by name in their notes or in the sessions.  

OCR will discuss confidentiality issues in greater detail at the beginning of each focus group.

How do I sign up for a focus group?

Though not required, we ask that you RSVP to let us know which focus group you plan to attend using the online form. No identifying information is collected in the process, and your RSVP simply helps us to estimate the number of attendees for any given session.

See the focus group schedule
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Are there any other ways to participate?

If you are unable to attend a focus group, or want to speak with OCR privately, plan to attend OCR office hours during the week of their visit. You may also contact OCR staff individually after their campus visit.

OCR staff contacts

Lauren Lowe, Attorney

Michael O’Donnell, Attorney

Where can I learn more about what's being done to combat sexual violence at IU?

Explore this website to learn more about the resources and options available to those who have experienced sexual violence. For more information about how you can get involved on campus, check out Culture of Care.