Rights of Victims in the Student Conduct Process

  • To have an advisor from the College community to assist throughout the conduct process.  The advisor may contact the Coordinator of Student Conduct to discuss general process questions and their role as an advisor, but they are not permitted to discuss the specifics of a case
  • To have a No Contact Order immediately issued between the accused and the victim that prohibits contact between the two students by any method, including through friends or acquaintances. If this is violated by either party, further conduct action may be taken.
  • If the accused is a roommate or lives close to the victim in the residence halls and threat is a consideration, arrangements can be made to find temporary housing for the victim.  In some cases the accused may be moved and prohibited from visiting a particular hall or campus area.
  • To be informed of outcome of the conduct process.

 

In the event of a hearing, the victim also has these rights:

  • To have unrelated past behavior excluded from the hearing
  • The choice to participate or not participate
  • The opportunity to present evidence with special accommodations: i.e. over the phone, not in visual contact with the accused, video teleconference at other location of her/his choice, etc.
  • To have no direct contact with the accused student: i.e. questions from the accused student would be posed through a third party (i.e. the chairperson) and then relayed to the victim
  • The option to provide questions to the Chairperson/Hearing Officer prior to or during the hearing that s/he may incorporate into questioning the accused student
  • The right to provide a victim impact statement that will be reviewed only by the board in the event that the charged student is found responsible. The impact statement may be considered before the board determines a sanction
  • The opportunity to request a break during the hearing if s/he needs time to consult with her/his advisor or the chairperson
  • In the instance of a Hearing Board, the option to appeal the Hearing Board’s decision as per the normal appeal process