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Sanction Statement

The University has an affirmative duty to do what is reasonable and necessary to maintain a safe campus and proper educational environment. Imposing appropriate sanctions against those found in violation of this policy is in keeping with this effort. Depending on the nature and seriousness of any offense for which an individual may be found guilty, sanctions, or a combination of sanctions, can run anywhere from a verbal warning or reprimand to expulsion.

It should be noted that in campus hearings, legal terms like “guilt”, “innocence”, and “burdens of proof” are not applicable, but the University never assumes a student is in violation of this policy.  Campus hearings are conducted to take into account the totality of all evidence available from all relevant sources.

The University reserves the right to take whatever measures it deems necessary in response to an allegation of sexual misconduct in order to protect students’ rights and personal safety.  Such measures include, but are not limited to, modification of living arrangements, interim suspension from campus pending a hearing, and reporting the matter to University Police and/or the District Attorney.  Not all forms of sexual misconduct will be deemed to be equally serious offenses, and the University reserves the right to impose different sanctions, ranging from verbal warning to expulsion, depending on the severity of the offense.  The University will at all times consider the concerns and rights of the complainant, victim or victims and the person accused of sexual misconduct.

In keeping with the above, the following are guidelines in nature and do not reflect that any particular sanction would be imposed in any given case.

Any student found responsible for violating the policy on Non-Consensual or Forced Sexual Contact (where no intercourse has occurred) will likely receive a sanction ranging from probation to expulsion, depending on the severity of the incident, and taking into account any previous campus conduct code violations

Any student found responsible for violating the policy on Non-Consensual or Forced Sexual Intercourse will likely face a recommended sanction of suspension or expulsion.

Any student found responsible for violating the policy on sexual exploitation or sexual harassment will likely receive a recommended sanction ranging from warning to expulsion, depending on the severity of the incident, and taking into account any previous campus conduct code violations.

Sexual misconduct constituting a criminal act will be referred to an appropriate law enforcement agency for investigation and possible prosecution.

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