Protections for Victims of Sexual Violence

Amnesty- Students may be hesitant to report sexual violence out of concern that they, or witnesses, might be charged with violations of the College’s drug/alcohol policies.  While the College does not condone such behavior, it places a priority on addressing allegations of sexual violence. Accordingly, the College may elect not to pursue discipline against a student who, in good faith, reports, witnesses or possesses personal knowledge of an incident of sexual violence.

 

Interim Protective Measures- Title IX requires the College to take reasonable steps to ensure equal access to its educational programs and activities and protect individuals from acts of sexual violence, including taking interim protective measures before the final outcome of an investigation.  The College shall take these steps promptly once it has notice of an allegation of sexual violence.  Examples of interim protective measures include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • access to counseling services and assistance in scheduling an appointment, on or off campus;
  • imposition of an interim suspension or on-campus "no-contact" order;
  • rescheduling of exams and assignments;
  • providing alternative course completion options;
  • changing class schedules, including withdrawing from a course without penalty;
  • changing work schedules or job assignments;
  • limiting access to certain College facilities or activities pending resolution of the matter;
  • voluntary leave of absence;
  • providing an escort to ensure safe movement between classes and activities; and/or
  • providing academic support services, such as tutoring.

The specific interim measures implemented will vary depending on the facts of each case.  The College will consider a number of factors in determining what interim measures to take, including, for example, the specific needs expressed by the victim; the severity or pervasiveness of the allegations; any continuing effects on the victim; whether the victim and respondent share the same classes, dining hall schedule, transportation, or job location; and whether other judicial measures have been taken to protect the victim (e.g., civil protection orders). 

In general, when taking interim protective measures, the College shall minimize the burden on the victim.  To the extent permitted by law, the victim shall be notified of any interim measures taken by the College concerning the respondent. Even under those circumstances where a victim does not wish to pursue a complaint and requests confidentiality, the College must take immediate action to protect the victim while keeping her or his identity confidential. 

 

Protections for Victims of Sexual Violence– A person subjected to sexual violence shall:

  • Be provided with a copy of the College’s Sexual Violence – Victim’s Rights and Information Advisory, which shall include information concerning counseling, health, and mental health services, victim advocacy and support, law enforcement assistance, and other services available on and off campus;
  • Have the right to pursue, or not pursue, assistance from campus administration officials or campus law enforcement;
  • Not be discouraged by College officials from reporting an incident to both on-campus and off-campus authorities;
  • Be provided assistance in contacting local law enforcement if requested and have the full and prompt assistance and cooperation of campus personnel should a civil and/or criminal complaint be pursued;
  • Be free from any suggestion that they somehow contributed to or had a shared responsibility in the violent act;
  • Receive the same level of support at any proceeding before College officials as is permitted to the accused party, including the presence of a personal advisor during any disciplinary proceeding and the right to be notified in a timely manner of the outcome of such proceedings and any appeal right available.
  • Receive full and prompt cooperation from College personnel in obtaining and securing evidence (including medical evidence) necessary for any potential criminal proceedings;
  • Have access to existing College counseling and medical professionals, victim support services, and to obtain referrals to off-campus counseling and support services if desired;
  • Be permitted to attend classes, work and participate in College activities free from unwanted contact or proximity to the respondent insofar as the College is permitted and able;
  • Be permitted to request changes to an academic schedule if such changes are requested by the victim and are reasonably available; and
  • Be informed of any no-contact or no-trespass orders issued to the respondent by the College and the College’s commitment to honor any court-issued restraining or protective orders, to the extent permitted by law. 
Last Modified: 9/18/19