The University shall provide notice to the alleged Victim of his/her rights at least five (5) business days prior to the student conduct proceeding.
Some of the cases to which Victims’ rights may apply include but are not limited to the following types of cases:
- Rights. To the extent applicable, victims shall have rights equivalent to those of a charged students including the following rights:
- The right to have equivalent access to pre-hearing meetings with the Dean of Students or designee, as permitted by law, as that granted to the charged student.
- The right to review, not less than three (3) business days prior to the Hearing, the information which will be used by the University.
- The right to participate in the Hearing, present information, and to arrange for witnesses to voluntarily present information at the Hearing.
- The right to hear and question adverse witnesses who voluntarily testify at the Hearing, unless the charged student has waived a Hearing.
- The right not to be forced to present testimony which would be self-incriminating. However, the University is not required to postpone student conduct proceedings pending the outcome of any outside criminal or civil case.
- The right to request an appeal of University action and the sanction imposed as long as appropriate appeal procedures are followed.
- The right to be informed of their rights provided in this Regulation 4.007.
- To be assisted by an advisor chosen at his/her expense. The advisor is not permitted to speak during or to participate in any part of the student conduct process.
- The right to submit a victim impact statement. This information would be used only in sanctioning, if the charged student is found responsible for the charge(s).
- The right to have unrelated past behavior excluded from the Hearing. The chair of the Student Conduct Board or Hearing Officer will decide if such information is unrelated. The past sexual history of the alleged victim is not usually considered relevant.
- At the request of the victim in cases involving sexual misconduct, physical violence, harassment, bullying or stalking charges, the victim may request to testify in a separate room from the charged student so long as the process does not unduly compromise the charged student.
- The right to be notified of the Student Code of Conduct outcome in correspondence.
Additional support services are provided to the victim through the Victim Services Office upon request of the victim through the Dean of Students Office.