There is a distinction between making a report to the University or law enforcement through designated reporting options (listed below in Section VI) and seeking confidential assistance through confidential resources (listed below in Section V(B)). Not every campus or community resource is confidential and this section explains to whom individuals who have experienced harm can talk without risk that what they share will be revealed to any other person without their express permission or as required by law.
A. SUPPORTIVE AND PROTECTIVE MEASURES (ALSO KNOWN COLLECTIVELY AS INTERIM MEASURES)
Supportive and protective measures are those services, accommodations, and other assistance the University puts in place after receiving notice of Prohibited Conduct, but before any final outcomes (investigatory, disciplinary, or remedial) have been determined.
The University will implement reasonably available interim measures to protect a Claimant and facilitate the Claimant’s continued access to University employment or educational programs and activities. Interim measures may be both supportive and protective measures.
Supportive measures are measures typically implemented for Claimants and are designed to address a Claimant’s safety, well-being, and continued access to educational opportunities. Supportive measures are available regardless of whether the person who requests a measure makes a report to the University or to law enforcement; whether the person participates in any investigation; or whether the University or law enforcement investigates a report that has been submitted. The University may also implement supportive measures for Respondents, witnesses, and other members of the University community. Supportive measures are voluntary and may be modified or discontinued at any time at the request of the individual.
Supportive measures may include:
- Academic support services and accommodations, including the ability to reschedule exams and assignments, transfer course sections, or withdraw from courses without penalty;
- An escort to ensure safe movement between classes and activities;
- On-campus counseling services and/or assistance in connecting to community-based counseling services;
- On-campus medical services and/or assistance in connecting to community-based medical services;
- No contact directives (to instruct an individual to stop all attempts at communication or other interaction with another individual);
- Housing assignment or contract modifications (for University Housing) or assistance with residence modification if living off-campus;
Change in transportation arrangements, such as parking in a different location;
- Work schedule or job assignment modifications (for University employment); or
- Assistance with obtaining personal protective orders.
Protective measures are measures that typically involve action against a Respondent by the University and failure to comply with these measures may result in a separate violation under this Policy. Protective measures are only available if the person requesting the measures makes a report to the University and are instituted following the initiation of a University investigation and prior to a determination of the final outcome. The nature of the protective measures is based upon the facts reasonably available at the time of the decision to implement the protective measures. Implementation of protective measures usually occurs within one to two days of the Respondent being notified that a formal resolution process has been initiated.
Protective measures may include:
- Limiting an individual's access to certain University facilities or activities;
- Academic schedule modifications (typically to separate Claimant and Respondent);
- Work schedule or job assignment modifications including suspending employment with or without pay (for University positions); or
- Imposing an interim suspension.
Protective measures may also be appropriate for witnesses and other members of the University community, following the initiation of an investigation.
Implementation of supportive or protective measures should not be taken to suggest that the University has made any decision about the merits of the report.
The University will keep private any supportive or protective measures provided under this Policy to the extent practicable, and will promptly address any violation of protective measures under this Policy and Procedures.
Supportive or protective measures or both may be kept in place beyond the resolution of the matter. Claimants who wish to request supportive measures confidentially may do so through the Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center. Respondents who wish to request supportive measures may do so through the Respondent Support Program.
The Title IX Coordinator or designee is available to meet with a Claimant or Respondent to address any concerns about the adequacy or need for supportive or protective measures.
Claimants or others should report information concerning a violation of protective measures to the Title IX Coordinator as soon as possible, and should dial 911 in situations of immediate health or safety concern.
B. CONFIDENTIAL RESOURCES
Confidential resources are those campus and community professionals who have the ability to maintain legally-protected confidentiality with the individual who shared the information. Confidentiality means that information shared by an individual with a confidential resource cannot be revealed to any other person without express permission of the individual, or as otherwise permitted or required by law. Confidential resources are prohibited from breaking confidentiality unless (1) given permission to do so by the person who disclosed the information; (2) there is an imminent threat of harm to self or others; (3) the conduct involves suspected abuse of a minor under the age of 18; or (4) as otherwise required or permitted by law or court order.
Confidential resources available to students include the Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center (SAPAC), Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) and the University Ombuds. SAPAC provides direct support to Claimants, including crisis intervention; advocacy; assistance in navigating academic, personal, and community impact; and assistance in connecting with other available support and resources. For more information, please see the Our Community Matters Resource Guide.
C. NON-CONFIDENTIAL RESOURCES
University resources who are not confidential resources as defined above will make every effort to respect and safeguard the privacy of the individuals involved. Privacy means that concerns about Prohibited Conduct will be shared with a limited circle of University employees who need to know only to assist in the assessment, investigation, and resolution of the report.
The DOSO provides direct support to Claimants, Respondents, or other students who are involved in reports of Prohibited Conduct. This support includes navigating academic, personal, and community impact; advising on policy and procedures; and connecting to other available support and resources. The Respondent Support Program is housed in the DOSO and has dedicated, trained staff who provide direct support to Respondents who are involved in reports of Prohibited Conduct.
Additional information about these and other resources is contained in Our Community Matters Resource Guide.