Complainant Rights

Complainant Rights

Statement of Rights for Complainants

Assistance and Advocacy for Students who have Experienced Sexual Violence or Misconduct

A student may receive assistance from a certified victim advocate by calling the YWCA at (717) 392-7273.  Trained advocates staff this phone number 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  As part of the services provided by the YWCA Sexual Assault Program, a student does not need to be a rape victim to use its services, and those services are available to men and women alike.  Certified victim advocates are trained to assist victims/complainants of sexual misconduct and will speak with the student confidentially as the student considers options.  They can help a student identify other sources of emotional and physical support.  They can provide counseling and also assist the student in understanding the student's rights and reporting options.  The University encourages all students who believe they may have been the target of sexual misconduct to contact the YWCA and seek the assistance of an advocate.

The YWCA has a sexual assault advocate on campus every Monday from 10am-6pm in the Montour House.  Students can call 717-871-4141 or e-mail dharvey@ywcalancaster.org to schedule an appointment.

Domestic Violence Services has an advocate on campus every Tuesday afternoon from 1-4pm in the Montour House.  Students can call 717-871-4141 or e-mail MUAdvocate@dvslanc.org  to schedule an appointment.

The Office of Judiicial Affairs has judicial advocates available to assist students in preparing for their conduct hearing. For additional information on this program, please click here.

Center for Counseling & Human Development
Students may seek additional care/support through the Center for Counseling & Human Development and/or seek private counseling available through their private health insurance plan. 

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Medical Assistance

Students who have experienced a recent sexual assault are strongly encouraged to seek immediate medical assistance.  In cases of sexual assault, it is imperative to be medically examined as soon as possible.  Even if there are no physical injuries, there is always a risk for sexual transmitted diseases, and in some cases, pregnancy.  It is best to go to the Lancaster General Hospital or Health Services to be evaluated.  Crime Victim Compensation will cover many of the costs resulting from the assault.  A sexual assault evidentiary exam is fully covered and paid for by the State of Pennsylvania and will not be submitted for insurance purposes.  If a student feels they were drugged, the hospital can collect a urine sample for forensic testing.  A rape kit examination will preserve forensic evidence.  Even if a student is uncertain whether to make a police report, evidence can be collected now for use at a later date.  It is harder to go back and collect evidence at a later date.  Preserving physical evidence is important if the student is interested in pursuing charges immediately or in the future.  Evidence deteriorates over time, it is best to have a rape kit completed within 72 hours of the assault. 

To preserve evidence, it is recommended that you do not bathe, shower, douche, eat, drink, smoke, brush your teeth, urinate, defecate or change clothes before the SAFE examination.  Even if you have already taken any of these actions, you are still encouraged to have prompt medical care.  Additionally, you are encouraged to gather bedding, linens or unlaundered clothing and any other pertinent articles that may be used for evidence.  Secure them in a clean paper bag or clean sheet.  Receiving an evidentiary examination does not mean that an individual must make a formal report to the University or to law enforcement.  Rather, the examination serves to preserve evidence in the event that an individual may wish to make a complaint in the future.

Academic and Housing Accommodations; Interim Actions to Protect Students

A student who believes he or she has been the target of sexual misconduct, as well as a student who has been accused of sexual misconduct, may contact the Title IX Coordinator (717) 871-4100 to request any of the following, when related to the incident or accusation of sexual misconduct:

a) a change of the student's on-campus housing location to a different on-campus location if alternate on-campus housing is available;
b) assistance in exploring alternative housing off campus;
c) assistance in exploring alternative transportation and employment situations as appropriate;
d) assistance in securing a transfer of class sections;
e) assistance in arranging incompletes, leaves, or withdrawal;
f) issuance of a No-Contact/No Trespass order if the University determines that continued contact between a student who has made a complaint, a student who has been accused of sexual misconduct, and/or a witness would be detrimental to any of the parties' welfare;
g) other interim actions, when necessary to protect student welfare, such as interim suspensions. 

Requests for such arrangements or actions will be granted in appropriate circumstances as determined by the Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management or his/her designee.

Protection Against Retaliation

Millersville University prohibits retaliatory action against any person making a complaint of sexual misconduct or against any person cooperating or assisting in the investigation of any complaint of sexual misconduct.  This includes any form of intimidation, threats, or harassment.  Acts of retaliation constitute a violation of University policy and of the Student Code of Conduct and will result in disciplinary action.  Respondents are informed of this provision and any retaliation should be reported to the Title IX Coordinator.