Sexual Misconduct: Unwanted Sexual Behavior
If you are a survivor of sexual assault, you have many rights and resources available to you, regardless of whether you choose to report the behavior. These rights and resources include without limitation:
- The right to be informed of your option to notify law enforcement of the assault and to be assisted by campus authorities in notifying law enforcement;
- The right to be notified that on-campus, confidential counseling and mental health services for victims of sexual assault are available;
- The right to receive private and confidential medical treatment and to be examined for personal injuries, sexually transmitted diseases, and pregnancy;
- The right to be notified of options for and available assistance by the University in changing academic and living situations;
- The right to be considered with the same credibility as a person reporting any other crime; and
- The right to be treated without prejudice regarding race, class, lifestyle, sex, age, occupation, or religious beliefs.
Should you choose to take disciplinary action through the University disciplinary system, both you and the accused have the following rights:
- The right to the same opportunity to have others present at any such proceeding;
- The right to be informed of the outcome of any disciplinary proceeding in which sexual assault is alleged; and
- The right to withdraw from campus hearings even though the University may continue the investigation.
"So often, we believe that we have come to a place that is void of hope and void of possibilities, only to find that it is the very hopelessness that allows us to hit bottom, give up our illusion of control, turn it over, and ask for help. Out of the ashes of our hopelessness comes the fire of our hope."
- Anne Wilson Shaef, PhD.