Under United States federal law students are guaranteed a right to education free from sexual violence and harassment.
In cases of an alleged sexual offense, when the complainant and the accused are students, both the complainant and the accused are entitled to the following:
- Be accompanied to any meeting or proceeding by an advisor or support person of their choice, provided that the adviser or support person does not cause a scheduled meeting to be delayed or postponed.
- Present evidence and witnesses on their behalf.
- Be informed in writing of the results of the disciplinary proceeding no later than one business day after it concludes and retain the right to appeal the decision in accordance with disciplinary procedures.
- Have their identities kept confidential, except as necessary to carry out a disciplinary proceeding or as permitted by state or federal law.
- They have the right to request that disciplinary proceedings begin promptly and know that the proceeding must be conducted by an official trained in issues relating to sexual assault, stalking, and intimate partner violence. the judicial process will use the "preponderance of evidence standard" (i.e., whether it is more likely than not that the alleged incident occurred).
- Following a final determination of responsibility when the allegation involves a rape or other sexual offense, the university judicial officer may impose any sanction or combination of sanctions, including expulsion. disciplinary proceedings under this Code may be carried out before, during or afer civil or criminal court proceedings against the accused student.
- A survivor can choose to file charges with the police, the University, both, or none. Assistance/Advocacy is available for all survivors upon their request. Assistance/Advocacy is also available to all survivors upon their request when filing charges concerning on or off campus incidents.
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