The University's primary concern is the safety of the campus community. The use of alcohol or drugs never makes the victim at fault for sexual violence. Victims of sexual violence should not be deterred from reporting the incident out of a concern of being disciplined for related violations of drug, alcohol, or other University policies. Except in extreme circumstances, University students or employees who are victims of sexual violence will not be subject to discipline. When a student or employee reports to the institution that the student or employee has been a victim of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking, whether the offense occurred on or off campus, the institution will provide the student or employee a written explanation of the student's or employee's rights and options (i.e., Attachment C to EO 1095, entitled Rights and Options for Victims of Sexual Violence, Dating Violence, Domestic Violence and Stalking).
There are several reporting options. One or all of these options may be pursued at any time.
- Criminal - Reporting to police is an option at any time. Victims choosing not to report to the police immediately following a sexual violence incident may still make the report at a later time. However, with the passage of time, the ability to gather evidence to assist with criminal prosecution may be limited. Depending on the circumstances, the police may be able to obtain a criminal restraining order on the victim's behalf.
- Administrative – Victims may report to the campus Title IX Coordinator, who will provide them with written and verbal information regarding applicable University complaint procedures for investigating and addressing the incident. The Title IX Coordinator will also provide information regarding resources available, as well as information regarding rights and options. The campus Title IX Coordinator will also discuss any reasonable interim remedies the University may offer prior to conclusion of an investigation or potential disciplinary action to reduce or eliminate negative impact on them and provide available assistance. Examples include: adjustment to work assignments, course schedules or supervisory reporting relationship; requiring the accused to move from University-owned or affiliated housing; immediately prohibiting the accused from coming to the University; or prohibiting the accused from contacting the parties involved in the reported incident. These options may be available whether or not the victim chooses to report the sexual violence to law enforcement. The Title IX Coordinator remains available to assist victims and provide them with reasonable remedies requested throughout the reporting, investigative and disciplinary processes, and thereafter.
If it is determined that University policy prohibiting sexual violence was violated, the accused will be subject to discipline, up to and including dismissal from University employment or expulsion from the University. Victims are entitled to be accompanied to any related meeting or proceeding by an advisor of choice. A victim has the right not to participate in any part of an investigation or hearing process.
- Health/Counseling/Clergy - Victims may choose to seek advice and assistance from physicians, psychotherapists, professional counselors, clergy, sexual assault and domestic violence counselors and advocates, including individuals who work or volunteer for them.
- Civil Lawsuit – Victims may choose to file a civil lawsuit against the perpetrator, whether or not criminal charges have been filed. A civil lawsuit provides the opportunity to recover actual damages, which may include compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain, suffering and emotional distress. Protective or restraining orders (such as a domestic violence restraining order or a civil harassment restraining order) may also be obtained. Restraining orders must be obtained from a court in the jurisdiction where the incident occurred. Restraining orders can protect victims who have experienced or are reasonably in fear of physical violence, sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking. The Title IX Coordinator can offer assistance with obtaining a protective or restraining order.
- Non-reporting – Non-reporting is an option, however, victims are strongly encouraged to report any incident of sexual violence to the police and/or campus Title IX Coordinator so that steps may be taken to protect them and the rest of the campus community.