Respondent Rights

Respondent Rights

Statement of Rights for Respondent

Confidential Resources

If you are accused of sexual misconduct you may discuss your situation privately with counselors at the Center for Counseling & Human Development (Lyle Hall, 871-7821).  A respondent's conversations with University counselors will not be reported to anyone else in the University except in cases of a threat of imminent physical harm.  When seeking private advice and support from these offices or from any University employee, students should always confirm whether legal confidentiality applies to their communications with the person to whom they are speaking.

Academic or Housing Accommodations

A student who is accused of sexual misconduct may seek academic or housing accommodations, as explained above, when such accommodations are related to problems related to the accusation.

Due Process

The University will treat respondents with fairness and respect and will ensure that its investigations and disciplinary proceedings are conducted in accordance with principles of due process.

A student who is accused of sexual misconduct may be assisted by an attorney or other advisor of his or her choosing.  A student who is accused of sexual misconduct and is being criminally prosecuted should consider seeking the assistance of an attorney.

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.

University Prohibition Against Knowingly False Complaints

The University prohibits students from knowingly making false complaints of sexual misconduct (including sexual assault and sexual harassment).  Knowingly making false complaints of sexual misconduct constitutes a violation of the Student Code of Conduct and will result in disciplinary action.  However, a complaint made in good faith is not considered false merely because the evidence does not ultimately support the allegation of sexual misconduct