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Rights of Complainants and Respondents

The College shall provide any individual suspected or accused of violating this policy with a written explanation of the suspected or alleged violations of this policy or College policies. Complainants and respondents shall both be provided with the following in connection with the resolution process of suspected or alleged violations of this policy:

  • A copy of all relevant policies and procedures which apply to the allegation(s);
  • Information regarding their rights: the College’s commitment to confidentiality wherever possible, reporting options including their right to file a complaint with the local police, and the College’s policy against retaliation;
  • Written notification of existing counseling, health, mental health, victim advocacy, legal assistance, chaplain and pastoral care support, and other services available for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking both on campus and in the Community;
  • Written notification of existing counseling and chaplain and pastoral care support available to respondents;
  • The opportunity to speak on their own behalf;
  • Provisions for the prompt, fair, and impartial investigation of all complaints, including the opportunity for the parties to present witnesses and other evidence;
  • The opportunity to submit other information on their behalf;
  • The opportunity to review any information that will be offered by the other party in support of the other party’s position (to the greatest extent possible and consistent with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) or other applicable law);
  • For cases of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking, the same opportunity to be accompanied to any related meeting or proceeding by an advisor of their choice. For all other cases related to this policy, the parties shall have the same opportunity to be accompanied to any related meeting or proceeding by a non-attorney advisor. For all cases, the advisor may not speak on behalf of the individual during, or participate directly in, meetings or other proceedings, because the purpose of the advisor is to provide support;
  • The opportunity to request the College to take reasonable and necessary action to prevent further unwanted contact of complainant with the respondent including, but not limited to, the immediate relocation of the complainant to safe alternate housing and transfer of classes, if requested, if such changes are reasonably available;
  • The opportunity to request other changes to their academic, living, transportation, and working situations if requested and if such accommodations are reasonably available, regardless of whether the complainant chooses to report the alleged policy violation to campus police or local law enforcement;
  • The right to be informed of the outcome of the investigation and any proceeding simultaneously/contemporaneously and in writing (to the greatest extent possible and consistent with FERPA or other applicable law);
  • The opportunity to appeal the outcome/results of the investigation and any information regarding any change to the results that occurs prior to the time that such results become final and when such results will become final.

 

Outcomes for Sexual Assault

Students violating the College's policy against sexual assault may be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including counseling, suspension, dismissal, or expulsion.