What Are My Rights?
You have the right to disclose to a confidential resource or report the incident to the University. If the University receives notice from an incident, it has the obligation to take action in order to protect the health and safety of the University community. Normally this includes an investigation, even if the victim does not wish to file a formal complaint, although other options might be available in addition, such as educational programming. Anytime a report of sexual violence or and other sexual misconduct is investigated, only people with a need to know about the incident will be informed, and information will be shared only as necessary with investigators, witnesses, and the accused person. However, investigations, by their nature, cannot be entirely confidential. In order to properly investigate a report of a possible violation of this sexual violence policy, the identity of the victim, when known, may be revealed. (Reference Heading VI in Sexual Violence and Misconduct Policy and Procedure)
You have the right to contact law enforcement, Campus Safety, or the Police Department at any time. The University will not contact law enforcement unless requested or unless a threat of imminent danger exists. (Reference Heading VI, Section D in Sexual Violence and Misconduct Policy and Procedure)
You have the right to access available services: support services, referrals, medical assistance, and a sexual assault advocate. The University will take reasonable steps to protect the victim’s well-being by creating a safety plan and taking steps to protect the victim from retaliation or harm. These can include, but are not limited to issuing a no contact order, arranging a change of living or working arrangements or course schedules, or adjustments for assignments and tests. (Reference Heading IV in Sexual Violence and Misconduct Policy and Procedure)
You have a right to a fair and impartial internal disciplinary process. The interim Title IX Coordinator will ensure that both the complainant and the respondent receive due process. Both accuser and accused are entitled to have an advisor of their choosing present at any meeting or in-person proceeding under the process, so long as the advisor does not cause a postponement or delay of the meeting or proceeding. The advisor shall not be permitted to speak during any meeting or proceeding. From the filing of a complaint under this process though to the completion of the investigation and assessment, and where applicable, determination of sanctions shall normally not take longer than 60 days, unless the interim Title IX Coordinator determines more time is needed, for example, to allow for sufficient investigation of facts. (Reference Heading VIII in Sexual Violence and Misconduct Policy and Procedure)
You and the accused have the right to file an appeal of the findings to the interim Title IX Coordinator within five business days of notification. (Reference Heading VIII, Section G in Sexual Violence and Misconduct Policy and Procedure)
You have the right to file an external Complaint.
You may direct your concerns to the:
- Office of Civil Rights
- U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
- Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities
(Reference Heading VI, Section E in Sexual Violence and Misconduct Policy and Procedure)