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FAQs from the AJS Office on Sexual Misconduct (OSM)

May 3, 2021

The AJS Office on Sexual Misconduct (formerly the Committee on Sexual Misconduct) was established in 2019 to receive and process informal and formal complaints of sexual misconduct. At the time of its establishment, the OSM published a set of FAQs to educate the membership about this new resource. These FAQs are periodically updated and republished.

While the OSM website provides information and general resources for those who wish to understand more about sexual harassment and sexual misconduct, the OSM does not engage in general education or advocacy around issues of sexual misconduct. Its purpose is to assist members seeking informal or formal resolutions for complaints of sexual misconduct.

Updated FAQs from the AJS Office on Sexual Misconduct (formerly the Committee on Sexual Misconduct)

What is the extent of the OSM’s jurisdiction?
What does the AJS Office on Sexual Misconduct (OSM) do?
What is a reporting member?
What is the role of the Ombuds?
What are the resolution options available within the AJS?
What’s the difference between an informal and a formal complaint?
What do I do if I am considering reporting an incident?
How do I contact an Ombuds Team member?
Will I be able to speak with a reporting member at the annual conference?
If I speak with someone about an incident will I have to file an official complaint?
If I file a complaint, will I be forced to adopt a specific resolution procedure?
If I report an incident or pursue a resolution procedure, will the respondent (the person who is the subject of the complaint) be notified?
What about confidentiality?
Is there a limitation period for reporting an incident?
If a complaint is made against me, how will I know and what can I expect?
Is filing a complaint with the AJS the same as filing a Title IX complaint?
Where can I learn more about sexual misconduct and the best way to help eliminate it?
How were the AJS sexual misconduct procedures arrived at?