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Statement of Victim's / Complainant's Rights

  • The right to investigation and appropriate resolution of all credible complaints of sexual misconduct or discriminatory misconduct made in good faith to University administrators.
  • The right to be treated with respect by University officials.
  • The right to have others present (in support or advisory roles) during an interview or hearing.
  • The right not to be pressure to or discouraged by University officials from reporting an assault to both on-campus and off-campus authorities.
  • The right to be promptly informed of the outcome and sanctions of any disciplinary hearing involving sexual misconduct or discrimination.
  • The right to be informed by University officials of options to notify proper law enforcement authorities, including University Police (UPD) and local law enforcement resources, and the option to be assisted by campus administrators in notifying such authorities, if the student so chooses.  This also includes the qualified right not to report, if this is the victim’s desire.
  • The right not to be retaliated against by the University for reporting a Title IX violation or for participating in the Title IX grievance resolution process.
  • The right to be notified of available counseling, mental health or student services for victims of sexual misconduct or discrimination, both on campus and in the community.
  • The right to notification of and options for, and available assistance in, changing academic and living situations after an alleged incident, if so requested by the victim and if such changes are reasonably available.  Accommodations may include:
    • Change of an on-campus student’s housing to a different on-campus location.
    • Assistance from University support staff in completing relocation.
    • Exam and assignment rescheduling.
    • Transferring class sections.
    • Temporary withdrawal.
    • Alternative course completion options.
    • Such other accommodations as may be reasonable or necessary.
  • The right not to have irrelevant prior sexual history admitted as evidence in a campus hearing.
  • The right not to have any complaint of sexual misconduct mediated as opposed to adjudicated.
  • The right to make a victim impact statement at the hearing and to have that statement considered in determining sanction(s).
  • The right to a campus no contact order against another student who has engaged in or threatens to engage in stalking, threatening, harassing or other improper behavior that presents a danger to the welfare of the complaining student or others.
  • The right to have complaints of sexual misconduct responded to quickly and with sensitivity by University officials.
  • The right to appeal the sanctions, in accordance with the standards for appeal established in the sexual and discrimination misconduct policy.
  • The right to review all documentary evidence available regarding the complaint, subject to the privacy limitations imposed by state and federal law, at least forty-eight (48) hours prior to a disciplinary hearing.
  • The right to be informed of the names of all witnesses who will be called to give testimony, within forty-eight (48) hours of the hearing, except in cases where a witness’ identity will not be revealed to the accused individual for compelling safety reasons (this does not include the name of the alleged victim/complainant, which will always be revealed).
  • The right to preservation of privacy, to the extent possible and allowed by law.
  • The right to a hearing closed to the public.
  • The right to petition that any member of the University administration/staff, including the Title IX Coordinator, Judicial Coordinator, Provost & Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs or members of any hearing committee, be removed on the basis of demonstrated bias.
  • The right to bring a victim’s advocate or advisor to all phases of the investigation and hearing.
  • The qualified right to give testimony in the hearing by means other than being in the same room with the accused individual.
  • The right to ask the Title IX Coordinator or Judicial Coordinator to identify and question witnesses, including expert witnesses.
  • The right to be fully informed of the sexual misconduct and discrimination policy and procedures.
  • The right to have the University arrange the presence of student, faculty and staff witnesses, and the opportunity to ask questions, directly or indirectly, of witnesses present (including the accused individual), and the right to challenge documentary evidence.
  • The right to be present for all testimony given and evidence presented at the hearing.
  • The right to have complaints heard by the Judicial Coordinator and hearing committee members who have received annual sexual misconduct training.
  • The right to a hearing committee comprised of representatives of both genders.
  • The right to have University policies and procedures followed without material deviation.
  • The right to be informed in advance, when possible, of any non-confidential release of information regarding the complaint. (Some legal and regulatory reporting is mandatory and may be done by the University without prior notice or consent.)
  • The right not to have released to the public any personally identifiable information about the complainant, without his or her consent.

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