Statement of Rights

Statement of the Rights of a Reporting Party - Survivor Bill of Rights

  • To take advantage of campus support resources (such as Counseling Services, Health Services for students, and Fr. Richard LaMorte (Catholic Priest, Campus Ministries) or EAP services for employees).
  • To experience a safe living, educational and work environment.
  • To refuse to have an allegation resolved through conflict resolution procedures.
  • To receive amnesty for minor student misconduct (such as alcohol or drug violations) that is ancillary to the incident.
  • To have grievances heard in substantial accordance with these procedures.
  • Where the injured party is not the complainant, the injured party has full rights to participation in any ERP process.
  • To be informed in writing of the outcome/resolution of the grievance, sanctions where permissible and the rationale for the outcome where permissible. 
  • Refer to law enforcement and have assistance.
  • Housing and living accommodations.
  • Academic accommodations.
  • No contacts.
  • Make a report to local law enforcement  and/or  state police; 
  • Have  disclosures of  domestic  violence, dating violence, stalking, and sexual assault treated seriously;
  • Make a decision about whether or not to disclose a crime or violation and participate in  the judicial  or  conduct  process and/or criminal justice process free from pressure by the institution;
  • Participate in a process that is fair, impartial, and provides adequate notice and a meaningful opportunity to be heard;
  • Be treated with dignity and to receive from the institution courteous, fair, and respectful health care and counseling services, where available;
  • Be free from any suggestion that the reporting individual is at fault when these crimes and violations are committed, or should have acted  in  a  different  manner  to  avoid  such  crimes  or violations; 
  • Describe the incident to as few institution representatives as practicable and not be required to unnecessarily repeat a description of  the  incident; 
  • Be protected from retaliation by the institution, any student, the accused and/or the  respondent,  and/or their  friends,  family and acquaintances within the jurisdiction of the institution;
  • Access to at least one level of appeal of a determination;
  • Be accompanied by an advisor of choice who may assist and advise a reporting individual, accused, or respondent throughout the Judicial or  conduct process including during all meetings and hearings related to such process; and
  • Exercise civil rights and practice of religion without interference by the investigative, criminal justice, or judicial or conduct process of the institution;
  • Receive assistance from appropriate institutional representatives in initiating legal proceedings in family court or civil court, including obtaining an order or protection or equivalent protective or restraining order and in enforcing these orders on campus;
  • Withdraw a complaint or involvement from the institutional process at any time.
  • To receive  a  copy of the order of protection or equivalent when received by an institution and have an opportunity to meet or speak with an institutional representative, or other appropriate individual, who  can explain  the  order and answer questions about it, including information from the order about the accused's responsibility to stay away from  the protected person or persons and an explanation of the consequences for violating these orders;

Statement of the Rights of the Responding Party

  • To be treated with respect by College officials.
  • To take advantage of campus support resources (such as Counseling Services, Health Services for students, and Fr. Richard LaMorte (Catholic Priest, Campus Ministries) or EAP services for employees).
  • To have an advisor/advocate of their choice during this process.
  • To refuse to have an allegation resolved through conflict resolution procedures.
  • To have grievances heard in substantial accordance with these procedures.
  • To be informed of the outcome/resolution of the grievance and the rationale for the outcome, in writing. 
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