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Rights

To encourage reporting of sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking and sexual harassment and to ensure fairness to all participants in the process, the following is a list of rights that shall be afforded to both the victim and the accused during University proceedings.

Victim Rights

  1. The right to be treated with respect and dignity regardless of gender, cultural background, age, sexual orientation, income, physical and cognitive abilities, sexual, medical or mental health history.
  2. The right to timely access to emergency and crisis counseling services and the right to be informed of other University and community resources, including but not limited to University Police, affirmative action, University Health Services, and community counseling centers.
  3. The right to be accompanied by an Advocate while receiving victim services.
  4. The right to information regarding reporting requirements, legal rights, and legal resources.
  5. At the victim’s request, the right to have allegations of student misconduct investigated by the appropriate University office and adjudicated by Student Judicial Programs.
  6. The right to a full explanation of the Student Judicial Hearing process prior to its initiation.
  7. The right to be informed about on campus no contact orders and off campus protection orders.
  8. The right to have an advisor present throughout a Student Judicial Hearing.
  9. The right to be present during the entire Student Judicial Hearing.
  10. The right to be physically separated from the accused during the hearing, including testifying by written statement or by phone from a separate room, if desired.
  11. The right to be free from direct questioning by the accused student. Rather, questions will be asked by and through student judicial board members only.
  12. The right not to have irrelevant past sexual history discussed during the Student Judicial Hearing.
  13. The right to write a victim impact statement for the use in the student judicial process.
  14. The right to be informed in a timely manner of the student judicial board’s findings and of the outcome of the hearing.
  15. The reasonable right to confidentiality. A victim’s identity will not be publicly confirmed or denied by Student Judicial Programs except in cases of lawfully issued subpoenas or other exceptional circumstances outlined within FERPA.

Rights of the Accused

  1. The right to be treated with respect and dignity regardless of gender, cultural background, age, sexual orientation, income, physical and cognitive abilities, sexual, medical or mental health history.
  2. The right to a written statement of charges.
  3. The right to an explanation of the Student Judicial Hearing process.
  4. The right to have the case adjudicated by students who have been trained to hear alleged violations of the Code of Student Conduct.
  5. The right to a fair and impartial Student Judicial Hearing.
  6. The right to be informed of the Student Judicial Hearing date.
  7. The right to have an advisor present through the Student Judicial Hearing.
  8. The right to hear all evidence and witnesses presented to the Student Judicial Board.
  9. The right to have questions asked of any witness presenting evidence at the Student Judicial Hearing.
  10. The right to testify on one’s behalf.
  11. The right to be judged solely on evidence available and presented at the hearing.
  12. The right to be informed in a timely manner of the board’s findings and of the outcome of the hearing.
  13. The right to appeal the decision of the Student Judicial Board.