• Policy Name: Sexual Offenses Policy

  • Sexual Offense Policy

    (Revised May 18, 2018)

    Members of the Clark University community are expected to behave in ways that demonstrate their care and respect for others. Clark University students are expected to live within a set of community expectations that insure the health, safety and quality of life for all.

    Clark University prohibits all forms of sex/gender-based harassment, sexual/gender violence, sexual exploitation, relationship violence (domestic violence and dating violence), and stalking. Sexual offense in all forms, including Sexual Harassment, Sexual Assault, Sexual Misconduct, Relationship Abuse, Stalking and Sexual Exploitation, constitute some of the most serious violations of respect for others and will not be tolerated within our community.

    Some sexual offense, such as sexual assault or rape, may be punishable by both civil and criminal legal action. When an alleged sexual offense is reported to the administration, and a respondent is found to have violated this policy, serious sanctions will be used to ensure that such actions are never repeated.

    All members of the community are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that does not infringe on the rights of others. Clark University's Sexual Offense Policy has been developed to reaffirm these principles and to provide recourse for those individuals whose rights have been violated. Students at Clark University are responsible for being familiar with and abiding by the standards of conduct set forth herein.

    A note on terminology: although the term "survivor" is preferred by many to describe an individual who has been sexually assaulted, the term "victim" is also widely used, especially in the criminal justice context. Each victim needs to decide at their own pace, whether and how they will become survivors. Therefore this policy uses the term "victim" and does so with respect for those who have been subjected to sexual assault.

    To review the current details of the policy, click on the appropriate file that represents your role here at Clark:

    Scope

    This Student Sexual Offense Policy is enforced by the Title IX Coordinator and applies to any instance in which any Clark student (undergraduate or graduate) is alleged to have engaged in a sexual offense against anyone (e.g., a student, employee, or third party such as a visiting athlete, guest speaker, or contractor), regardless of the complainant's or respondent's sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity. The University will respond to any complaint of student sexual offense, including conduct alleged to have occurred during breaks, study abroad, leaves of absence, or periods of dismissal, whether on or off campus.

    Prohibited Conduct and Definitions

    Clark prohibits all forms of sexual offense. Prohibited offense include, but are not limited to: sexual harassment, stalking, sexual assault, sexual misconduct, sexual exploitation, and relationship abuse as defined below. Attempting to commit a sexual offense is also prohibited under this policy.

    Sexual Harassment

    Sexual Harassment consists of any unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. This includes, but is not limited to: submission to, or rejection of, such conduct that is made either implicitly or explicitly a term or condition of employment or participation in an education program; submission to, or rejection of, such conduct that is used as the basis for employment or academic decisions affecting a student; such conduct that has the purpose or effect of interfering with a student's work or academic performance; or such conduct that creates a hostile or intimidating work or academic environment.

    Stalking

    Stalking is a course of conduct (two or more acts) directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to a) fear for their safety or the safety of others or b) suffer substantial emotional distress. Stalking behaviors include, but are not limited to: non-consensual communication (including in-person communication, telephone calls, voice/text/email messages, social networking site postings, instant messages, postings of pictures or information on websites, written letters, gifts, or any other communications that are undesired and/or place another person in fear); following, pursuing, waiting, or showing up uninvited at a workplace, place of residence, classroom, or other locations frequented by a person; surveillance and other types of observation, whether by physical proximity or electronic means; vandalism; trespassing; nonconsensual touching; direct physical or verbal threats against a person and/or their loved ones; gathering of information about a person from family friends, co-workers, and/or classmates; manipulative and controlling behaviors such as threats to harm oneself or threats to harm someone close to that person; and defamation or slander against a person.

    Sexual Assault

    Sexual Assault is any sexual penetration (anal, oral or vaginal), however slight, with any object or sexual intercourse by one or more persons upon another without effective consent. Sexual penetration includes vaginal or anal penetration by a penis, object, tongue or finger and oral copulation by mouth to genital contact or genital to mouth contact.

    Sexual Misconduct

    Sexual Misconduct is any intentional sexual touching of a person, however slight, with any object without effective consent. Sexual touching includes any bodily contact with the breasts, groin, genitals, mouth or other bodily orifice of another or any other bodily contact in a sexual manner. Any disrobing of, or exposure to, another person without effective consent is considered a violation of this policy.

    Sexual Exploitation

    Sexual Exploitation occurs when a student takes non-consensual or abusive sexual advantage of another for their own advantage or benefit, or to benefit or advantage anyone other than the one being exploited, and that behavior does not otherwise constitute Sexual Assault, Sexual Misconduct, or Sexual Harassment. Examples of Sexual Exploitation include, but are not limited to: making public sexual activity with another student without that other student's consent; prostituting another student; non-consensual video- or audio-taping of sexual activity; going beyond the boundaries of consent (such as letting your friends hide in the closet to watch you having consensual sex); voyeurism; and/or knowingly transmitting an sexually transmitted infection (STI) or HIV to another student.

    Retaliation

    Acting or attempting to retaliate or seek retribution against a Complainant, Respondent, or any individual or group of individuals involved in the investigation and/or resolution of an allegation of sexual offense. Retaliation can be committed by any individual or group of individuals, not just a Respondent or Complainant. Retaliation may include abuse or violence, other forms of harassment, and/or making false statements about another person in print or verbally with intent to harm their reputation.

    Aiding or Facilitating Sexual offense

    Aiding or facilitating a sexual offense means promoting or encouraging the commission of any behavior prohibited under this policy. Members of the Clark community are prohibited both from personally engaging in sexual offense, and also from engaging in conduct which assists or encourages another person to engage in such misconduct.

    Relationship Abuse

    Relationship abuse is defined as a pattern of coercive behaviors that serves to exercise control and power in an intimate relationship. The coercive and abusive behaviors can be physical, sexual, psychological, verbal and/or emotional. Relationship abuse can occur between current or former intimate partners who have dated, lived together, have a child together, currently reside together on or off campus, or who otherwise connected through a past or existing relationship. It can occur in opposite-sex and same-sex relationships.

    Examples of relationship abuse include, but are not limited to: attempting to cause or causing bodily injury by hitting, slapping, punching, hair pulling, kicking, sexual assault and/or other forms of unwanted physical contact that causes harm; knowingly restricting the movements of another person; isolating or confining a person for a period of time; controlling or monitoring behavior; being verbally and/or emotionally abusive; exhibiting extreme possessiveness or jealousy.

    Attempted Violations

    In most circumstances, Clark University will treat attempts to commit any of the violations listed in this policy as if those attempts had been completed.

    False Reports

    Clark University will not tolerate intentional false reporting of incidents. It is a violation of the Student Code of Conduct to make an intentionally false report of any policy violation, and it may also violate state criminal statutes and civil defamation laws.

    Consent

    In order for individuals to engage in sexual activity of any type with each other, there must be clear consent. Effective, clear consent is defined as a freely and affirmatively communicated willingness to participate in sexual activity, expressed either by words or clear, unambiguous actions. Clark University strongly encourages students who choose to engage in sexual behavior to verbally communicate their intentions and consent as clearly as possible.

    It is the responsibility of the initiator of the sexual activity to ensure that they have the other person's consent to engage in sexual activity. Do not make assumptions about consent, about someone's sexual availability, about whether they are attracted to you, about how far you can go, or about whether they are physically and mentally able to consent to you. Clearly communicate your intentions to your sexual partner and give your partner a chance to clearly relate their intentions to you.

    Consent to sexual activity may be withdrawn at any time, as long as the withdrawal is communicated clearly. Once consent is withdrawn all further sexual activity must cease.

    Consent cannot be assumed because of the existence of a dating relationship between the persons involved or due to the existence of a previous sexual relationship between the persons. Silence, in and of itself, cannot be interpreted as consent. Consent must be present throughout the sexual activity by all parties involved. Consent to one form of sexual activity cannot imply consent to other forms of sexual activity. The respondent or complainant's use of alcohol or other drugs does not diminish the respondent's responsibility.

    Consent may never be given by minors (in Massachusetts, those not yet sixteen (16) years of age), those who have a mental disability, those who are incapacitated as a result of alcohol or other drug consumption (voluntary and involuntary), or those who are unconscious, unaware, or otherwise physically helpless. A person who knows or should reasonably have known that another person is incapacitated may not engage in sexual activity with that person. Incapacitation means being in a state where a person lacks the capacity to appreciate the fact that the situation is sexual, or cannot appreciate (rationally and reasonably) the nature and/or extent of the situation.

    A person's state of incapacity is a subjective determination that is based on all of the facts available because people reach incapacitation at different points and as a result of different stimuli. They also exhibit incapacity in different ways. The following factors bear on incapacity: body weight, height, and size; tolerance for alcohol and other drugs; amount and type of alcohol or other drugs consumed, and the mixture taken; amount of food intake prior to consumption; voluntariness of consumption; vomiting; propensity for blacking out (mentally or physically); and genetics.

    Alcohol-related incapacity results from a level of alcohol ingestion that is more severe than impairment, being under the influence, drunkenness, or intoxication. It is less severe than alcohol poisoning or overdose, which may lead to coma or death. Evidence of incapacity may be detected from context clues, such as: slurred speech, bloodshot eyes, the smell of alcohol on breath, shaky equilibrium, vomiting, outrageous or unusual behavior; and/or unconsciousness.

    This policy also covers someone whose incapacity results from mental disability, sleep, involuntary physical restraint, or from the taking of a so-called "date-rape" drug. Possession, use, and/or distribution of any of these substances is prohibited, and administering one of these drugs to another person for the purpose of inducing incapacity is a violation of this policy.

    Sanctions

    Any student found responsible for violating this policy will likely receive a sanction ranging from warning to expulsion, depending upon the severity of the incident, and taking into account any previous campus code of conduct violations.

    Any student found responsible for violating the policy on sexual assault will likely face a recommended sanction of suspension, dismissal or expulsion.

    The Title IX Coordinator and/or sexual offense hearing board reserves the right to broaden or lessen any range of recommended sanctions in the complaint of serious mitigating circumstances or egregiously offensive behavior. Neither the initial hearing officers nor the Title IX Coordinator or any appeals body or officer will deviate from the range of recommended sanctions unless compelling justification exists to do so.

    Options for Reporting or Confidentially Disclosing Sexual Offense

    Clark strongly encourages victims of sexual offense to discuss what happened so they can get the support they need, and so the University can respond appropriately to assist the victim and help ensure the safety of other members of the Clark community.

    Clark is committed to protecting the privacy of all individuals involved in a report of a sexual offense, relationship violence, sexual harassment, or stalking. All University employees who are involved in the University's response to a report, including the Title IX Coordinator, investigators, and hearing board members, receive specific instruction about respecting and safeguarding private information. Throughout the process, every effort will be made to protect the privacy interests of all individuals involved in a manner consistent with the need for a thorough review of the report. Privacy and confidentiality have distinct meanings under this policy.

    Privacy

    Privacy generally means that information related to a report of misconduct will only be shared with a limited circle of individuals. The use of this information is limited to those University employees who "need to know" in order to assist in the active review, investigation, or resolution of the report. While not bound by confidentiality, these individuals will be discreet and respect the privacy of all individuals involved in the process.

    Confidentiality

    Confidentiality means that information shared by an individual with designated campus or community professionals cannot be revealed to any other individual without the express permission of the individual. These campus and community professionals include mental health providers, health services staff, and rape crisis counselors, all of whom have legally protected confidentiality. These individuals are prohibited from breaking confidentiality unless there is an imminent threat of harm to self or others or when a report involves suspected abuse of a minor under the age of 18.

    Different employees on campus have different abilities to maintain a victim's confidentiality.

    • Some are required to maintain near complete confidentiality; talking to them is sometimes called a "privileged communication."
    • Other employees may talk to a victim in confidence, and generally only report to the University that an incident occurred without revealing any personally identifying information. Disclosures to these employees will not trigger a Clark investigation into an incident against the victim's wishes.
    • Thirdly, some employees are required to report all the details of an incident (including the identities of both the victim and alleged perpetrator) to the Title IX coordinator. A report to these employees (called "responsible employees") constitutes a report to the University and generally obligates the University to investigate the incident and take appropriate steps to address the situation.

    The information below is intended to make students aware of the various reporting and confidential disclosure options available to them - so they can make informed choices about where to turn should they become a victim of a sexual offense. The University encourages victims to talk to someone identified in one or more of these groups.

    A. Privileged and Confidential Communications

    Professional Counselor or Health Care Professional

    Professional, licensed counselors who provide mental-health counseling to members of the Clark community are not required to report any information about an incident to the Title IX coordinator without a victim's permission. Confidential and free individual therapy is available to students, including education regarding normal reactions to sexual assault and relationship abuse and how to cope with distress. Please contact the Center for Counseling & Personal Growth at (508) 793-7678.

    Healthcare Professionals

    Confidential physical health services are available, including physical exams and testing for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and pregnancy. Please contact Health Services at (508) 793-7467.

    Non-professional Counselors and Advocates

    Individuals who work in the Office of Wellness and Prevention Education can generally talk to a victim without revealing any personally identifying information about an incident to the University. A victim can seek assistance and support from these individuals without triggering a University investigation that could reveal the victim's identity or that the victim has disclosed the incident.

    While maintaining a victim's confidentiality, these individuals or their office should report the nature, date, time, and general location of an incident to the Title IX Coordinator. This limited report - which includes no information that would directly or indirectly identify the victim - helps keep the Title IX Coordinator informed of the general extent and nature of sexual offense on and off campus so the coordinator can track patterns, evaluate the scope of the problem, and formulate appropriate campus-wide responses. Before reporting any information to the Title IX Coordinator, these individuals will consult with the victim to ensure that no personally identifying details are shared with the Title IX Coordinator.

    A victim who speaks to a professional or non-professional counselor or advocate must understand that, if the victim wants to maintain confidentiality, the University may be unable to conduct an investigation into the particular incident or pursue disciplinary action against the alleged perpetrator.

    Even so, these counselors and advocates will still assist the victim in receiving other necessary protection and support, such as victim advocacy, academic support or accommodations, disability, health or mental health services, and changes to living, working or course schedules.

    A victim who at first requests confidentiality may later decide to file a complaint with the school or report the incident to local law enforcement, and thus have the incident fully investigated. These counselors and advocates will provide the victim with assistance if the victim wishes to do so.

    The Office of Wellness and Prevention Education can be reached at (508) 421-3724

    Off-campus Counselors and Advocates.

    Off-campus counselors, advocates, and health care providers will also generally maintain confidentiality and not share information with the University unless the victim requests the disclosure and signs a consent or waiver form. A list of these resources are available on the Clark web site.

    B. Reporting to Designated Officials

    Students are encouraged to report sexual offense to staff members who have received additional training in the handling of sexual offense reports. These include the Title IX Coordinator, Title IX Deputies, the Dean of Students, and University Police. Reporting to any of these individuals does not require the student to also file a formal complaint with the University or to file a criminal complaint (see "Options for Filing a Formal Complaint" for details). Contact information is listed in the web page entitled the "Role of the Title IX Coordinator".

    C. Reporting to "Responsible Employees."

    The University recognizes that student complainants may be most comfortable disclosing sexual offense to a University employee they know well, such as a faculty member, coach, or resident adviser ("RA"). Students are welcome to speak with them, but should understand that these individuals are considered "responsible employees" of the University. A "responsible employee is a defined by law as a University employee who "has the authority to redress sexual violence, who has the duty to report incidents of sexual violence or other student misconduct, or who a student could reasonably believe has this authority or duty". Clark has designated all non-student employees, including faculty members, to be responsible employees. The only exceptions are those listed above as Professional Counselors, Health Care Professionals, or Non-Professional Counselors Advocates. In addition, certain student employees/volunteers are considered responsible employees including Resident Assistants (RAs), Safety Escort staff, EMS Squad, and Teaching Assistants (TAs).

    When a victim tells a responsible employee about an incident involving a sexual offense, the victim has the right to expect the University to take immediate and appropriate steps to investigate what happened and to resolve the matter promptly and equitably.

    A responsible employee must report to the Title IX coordinator all relevant details about the alleged sexual offense shared by the victim that the University will need to determine what happened - including the names of the victim and alleged perpetrator(s), any witnesses, and any other relevant facts, including the date, time and specific location of the alleged incident.

    To the extent possible, information reported to a responsible employee will be shared only with people responsible for handling the University's response to the report. A responsible employee should not share information with law enforcement without the victim's consent or unless the victim has also reported the incident to law enforcement.

    Before a victim reveals any information to a responsible employee, the employee should ensure that the victim understands the employee's reporting obligations - and, if the victim wants to maintain confidentiality, direct the victim to confidential resources.

    If the victim wants to tell the responsible employee what happened but also maintain confidentiality, the employee should tell the victim that the University will consider the request, but cannot guarantee that the University will be able to honor it. In reporting the details of the incident to the Title IX Coordinator, the responsible employee will also inform the Coordinator of the victim's request for confidentiality.

    Responsible employees will not pressure a victim to request confidentiality, but will honor and support the victim's wishes, including for the University to fully investigate an incident. By the same token, responsible employees will not pressure a victim to make a full report if the victim is not ready to.

    Classroom Discussions and Assignments

    Classroom discussions and assignments where a student discloses a sexual offense that may have occurred while a student at Clark are not considered to be confidential and must be reported to the Title IX Coordinator.

    Public Awareness Events

    Public awareness events such as "Take Back the Night," candlelight vigils, protests, survivor speak outs, or other public forums in which students disclose incidents of sexual offense are not considered notice to the University of a sexual offense for purposes of triggering its obligation to investigate any particular incident(s).

    Timely Warning Reporting Obligations

    Victims of sexual offense should be aware that University administrators may issue timely warnings for incidents reported to them that pose a substantial ongoing threat or danger to members of the campus community. The University will ensure that a victim's name and other identifying information are not disclosed, while still providing enough information for community members to make safety decisions within the context of the situation.

    Immunity for Reporters and Students Providing Assistance

    The University encourages the reporting of violations of this policy. Sometimes, victims are hesitant to report to University officials because they fear that they themselves may be charged with policy violations, such as underage drinking at the time of the incident. It is in the best interest of this community that as many victims as possible choose to report to University officials. To encourage reporting, Clark University pursues a policy of offering victims of sexual offense limited immunity from being charged for policy violations related to the incident. While violations cannot be completely overlooked, the University will provide educational options, rather than punishment, in such cases.

    The welfare of students in our community is of paramount importance. Clark University encourages students to offer help and assistance to others in need. Sometimes, students are hesitant to offer assistance to others, for fear that they may get themselves in trouble (for example, a student who has been drinking underage might hesitate to help take a sexual assault victim to the Campus Police). As in the case of reporter of a sexual offense, Clark pursues a policy of limited immunity for students who offer help to others in need and will provide educational options, rather than punishment.

    Anonymous Reports

    In the event that the University receives an anonymous report of a sexual offense, the University will conduct an inquiry into the matter. In such instances, the University may be limited in its ability to conduct an effective inquiry and to take action concerning the report.

    Requesting Confidentiality from the University

    If a victim discloses an incident to a responsible employee but wishes to maintain confidentiality or requests that no investigation into a particular incident be conducted or disciplinary action taken, the University must weigh that request against the University's obligation to provide a safe, non-discriminatory environment for all students, including the victim.

    If the University honors the request for confidentiality, a victim must understand that the University's ability to meaningfully investigate the incident and pursue disciplinary action against the alleged perpetrator(s) may be limited.

    Although rare, there are times when the University may not be able to honor a victim's request in order to provide a safe, non-discriminatory environment for all students.

    The University's Title IX Coordinator has been designated to evaluate requests for confidentiality once a responsible employee is on notice of an alleged sexual offense.

    When weighing a victim's request for confidentiality or that no investigation or discipline be pursued, the Title IX Coordinator will consider a range of factors, including the following:

    • The risk that the alleged perpetrator will commit additional acts of sexual or other offense, such as:
    • whether there have been other sexual offense complaints about the same alleged perpetrator;
    • whether the alleged perpetrator has a history of arrests or records from a prior school indicating a history of violence or sexual offense;
    • whether the alleged perpetrator threatened further sexual offense or other violence against the victim or others;
    • whether the sexual offense was committed by multiple perpetrators;
    • whether the sexual offense was perpetrated with a weapon;
    • whether the victim is a minor;
    • whether the University possesses other means to obtain relevant evidence of the sexual offense (e.g., security cameras or personnel, physical evidence);
    • whether the victim's report reveals a pattern of perpetration (e.g., via illicit use of drugs or alcohol) at a given location or by a particular group.

    The presence of one or more of these factors could lead the University to investigate and, if appropriate, pursue disciplinary action. If none of these factors is present, the University will likely respect the victim's request for confidentiality.

    If the University determines that it cannot maintain a victim's confidentiality, the University will inform the victim prior to starting an investigation and will, to the extent possible, only share information with people responsible for handling the University's response.

    The University will remain ever mindful of the victim's well-being, and will take ongoing steps to protect the victim from retaliation or harm and work with the victim to create a safety plan. Retaliation against the victim, whether by students or University employees, will not be tolerated. The University will also:

    • assist the victim in accessing other available victim advocacy, academic support, counseling, disability, health or mental health services, and legal assistance both on and off campus;
    • provide other security and support, which could include issuing a no-contact order, helping arrange a change of living or working arrangements or course schedules (including for the alleged perpetrator pending the outcome of an investigation) or adjustments for assignments or tests; and
    • inform the victim of the right to report a crime to campus or local law enforcement - and provide the victim with assistance if the victim wishes to do so.

    The University may not require a victim to participate in any investigation or disciplinary proceeding.

    Because the University is under a continuing obligation to address the issue of sexual offense campus-wide, reports of sexual offense (including non-identifying reports) will also prompt the University to consider broader remedial action - such as increased monitoring, supervision or security at locations where the reported sexual offense occurred; increasing education and prevention efforts, including to targeted population groups; conducting climate assessments/victimization surveys; and/or revisiting its policies and practices.

    If the University determines that it can respect a victim's request for confidentiality, the University will also take immediate action as necessary to protect and assist the victim

    Options for Filing a Formal Complaint

    Victims who would like to file a formal complaint may choose to file a complaint with the University, in which case the complaint will be subject to Clark's judicial process or they may choose to file a criminal complaint, which will be handled by the criminal justice system and courts. These options are not mutually exclusive - a victim of a sexual offense has the choice to pursue either, both, or none of these options.

    File a formal complaint with the University - Victims of sexual offense have the right to file (or right not to file) a formal complaint with the University. All formal complaints will be promptly and thoroughly investigated. A person found to have committed a sexual offense shall be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including suspension, expulsion or termination from the University. For assistance with filing a formal complaint, contact University Police, the Dean of Students, or the Title IX Coordinator.

    Personal identifiable information about a victim will only be shared with persons with a specific need to know and/or who are investigating and/or adjudicating the complaint, delivering resources or support services to the victim or as public safety requires. The University does not publish the names or other identifiable information of victims in the University Police department's Daily Crime Log or in any Timely Warnings issued.

    File a criminal complaint - A criminal complaint can be filed instead of, or in addition to, a formal complaint with the University. The filing of a criminal complaint will not delay or impact the University's own investigation. Criminal complaints may be filed directly with either University Police or the Worcester Police Department. The Title IX Coordinator or University Police can provide assistance in filing criminal complaints. In the event a criminal complaint is filed with University Police, University Police will try to file a complaint with the Clerk of Courts on the victim's behalf.

    University as Complainant

    Clark University reserves the right to initiate a complaint, to serve as complainant, and to initiate conduct proceedings without a formal complaint by the victim of Sexual Harassment/Misconduct/Assault/Exploitation.

    Interim Measures, Accommodations, and Support.

    Clark provides a range of support services for survivors of sexual offense, including interim measures. Interim measures are available to provide for the safety of the complainant and the campus community while the University is investigating an allegation of sexual offense. Requests for interim measures can be made by or on behalf of the complainant to the University Title IX Coordinator or a Deputy Title IX Coordinators. Students may also seek assistance from the Dean of Students Office. The Title IX Coordinator will work with the appropriate office(s) to ensure that any necessary interim measures are promptly provided.

    Upon the receipt of a report of a sexual offense, and until any investigation into the report has been completed, the University will provide reasonable protective measures and interim support to provide a safe educational and work environment and to prevent additional acts of sexual offense, even when there is no specific request for protective action.

    The University may impose any measure that can be tailored to the parties involved to achieve the goals of this Policy.

    An individual's failure to comply with restrictions imposed by interim measures is a violation of this Policy and a basis for disciplinary action.

    Outside the University, a complainant may also be entitled to obtain remedies under applicable law, such as a judicial restraining order. The University can assist in contacting law enforcement or legal service organizations to learn about these remedies.

    • Interim measures/accommodations may include (but are not limited to):
    • Academic accommodations (see below)
    • Medical and mental health services, including counseling
    • Change in campus housing and/or dining locations
    • Assistance in finding alternative housing
    • Assistance in arranging for alternative University employment arrangements and/or changing work schedules
    • A "No contact" directive pending the outcome of an investigation. Such a directive serves as notice to both parties that they must not have verbal, electronic, written, or third party communication with one another
    • Providing an escort to ensure that the student can move safely between school programs and activities
    • Transportation accommodations, such as shuttle service, cab voucher, or parking arrangements to ensure safety and access to other services
    • Assistance identifying an advocate to help secure additional resources or assistance including off-campus and community advocacy, support, and services
    • Exam (paper, assignment) rescheduling;
    • Medical leave;
    • Alternative course completion options.

    Victims of sexual offense, or the victim's counselor or advocate, may request the following academic accommodations as interim measures. The University - after consulting with the victim or the victim's counselor or advocate - will determine which accommodations are appropriate to ensure the student's safety and equal access to educational programs and activities. Requests for academic accommodations may include assistance in:

    • Transferring to another section of a lecture or laboratory
    • Rescheduling an academic assignment or test
    • Accessing academic support (e.g., tutoring)
    • Arranging for incompletes, a leave of absence, or withdrawal from campus
    • Preserving eligibility for academic, athletic, or other scholarships, financial aid, internships, study abroad, or foreign student visas