Legal Recourse and Disciplinary Actions
Where there is sufficient evidence to believe the university regulations prohibiting harassment, physical/emotional abuse (see I.B above) have been violated, the university may pursue disciplinary action through its Student Rights and Responsibilities Policy.
Sanctions for persons found in violation of these policies may include suspension and/or expulsion from the university. Education, including combating hate and bias/ tolerance/self-awareness, may be required of the alleged offender. The university, through the Dean of Student Success reserves the right to pursue disciplinary action in the case of an off-campus incident, when the alleged offender is a student and the behavior involved threatens the health, safety, and/or property of the university, its staff and students. When proceedings are conducted on campus in cases of a bias motivated incident, the person affected and the alleged offender (if known) are entitled to: (a) the opportunity to have an advocate present and (b) be informed of the outcome of the proceeding. For a detailed description of due process see the Student Judicial Code, sections V and VI.
No victim of a bias motivated incident shall be penalized or retaliated against in any way for his/her participation in the university's complaint process. A victim/person affected has the right to avoid face-to-face interaction with the offender (if known) during any campus judicial hearings. She/he/they also has the right to appeal the findings of the investigations conducted by the Office of the Vice President of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management.
A victim of a bias motivated incident or hate crime has legal recourse outside the university, if he/she/they chooses. Campus authorities will assist victims in notifying proper law enforcement authorities including Public Safety and local police. It is the victim's right to decide whether or not to file a complaint. Legal advocacy is available, see response coordinator for more information.