Office of University Rights and Responsibilities

This resource is private, but not confidential. 


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What is the Office of University Rights and Responsibilities (OURR)?

The Office of University Rights and Responsibilities (OURR) reviews and investigates concerns and allegations of discrimination or harassment involving faculty, staff and other ASU affiliates. OURR addresses a variety of concerns and allegations as it relates to discrimination and harassment directed at an individual due to protected status, such as race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, and other statuses protected by law.   OURR also reviews and investigates allegations of retaliation for raising a concern of perceived discrimination or harassment, or for participating in a discrimination or harassment investigation.



How does OURR serve ASU community members?

ASU is committed to providing an environment free from discrimination based on sex and provides a number of resources and services to assist students, faculty and staff in addressing issues involving sex discrimination, including sexual violence. As mentioned the, Office of University Rights and Responsibilities (OURR) is available to investigate and resolve allegations of discrimination or harassment, including all forms of sexual misconduct, involving faculty, staff and other ASU affiliates. All reports of such conduct are taken seriously and will be promptly investigated by OURR.

OURR is a private resource. Personnel within this office are mandatory reporters who only share information with other university offices and officials who have a need to know about the investigation. As a reminder, there are other confidential resources available.

For additional information or to file a report, please contact the Office of University Rights and Responsibilities (OURR) at 480-965-5057, email or visit Reporting to OURR can be done in addition to reporting to the police for criminal prosecution.


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What to expect when connecting with OURR

OURR will connect any individual bringing concerns of discrimination or harassment, including allegations of sexual misconduct, to available university resources, including many of those listed on this website. OURR will also evaluate and make recommendations as to the interim or supportive measures necessary, which can include things such as counseling, extension of deadlines, or other course-related adjustments, modification of work or class schedules, campus escort services, mutual restrictions on contact between the parties, changes in work or housing locations, leaves of absence, increased scrutiny and monitoring of campus areas, and other similar measures.  

To investigate allegations, OURR will interview parties and witnesses, collect pertinent documents and other evidence, and complete an investigation report addressed to the reviewing authority, who will determine whether the facts uncovered through the investigation yield a policy violation.  The parties (i.e., the person(s) making a complaint and the person(s) accused) will receive a copy of the determination letter from the decision maker, which summarizes the outcome and the investigation’s factual findings.  

You may find OURR Frequently Asked Questions helpful in answering some of your remaining questions when it comes to utilizing OURR as a resource and the investigation process.