The campus Sexual Misconduct Victims' Bill of Rights was enacted in 1992 by the United States Congress as a part of the Higher Education Amendments of 1992 (Public Law: 102-325, section 486(c)). It exists as a part of the campus security reporting requirements, known as the Jeanne Clery Act. This law requires that all colleges and universities participating in federal student aid programs afford sexual assault victims certain basic rights.
Mansfield University's Sexual Misconduct Victims' Bill of Rights
If you are a victim of sexual assault or sexual misconduct, you have the right:
- To be free from a hostile environment.
- To be treated with dignity and respect.
- To have any allegations be taken seriously.
- To be informed of your options to notify law enforcement and/or seek legal action.
- To be notified of counseling and support services available on campus and in the community.
- To make reasonable changes in academic and housing assignments to ensure your safety.
- To request a "no-contact" order which prohibits the accused from having contact of any kind.
- To have every effort made to respect your privacy.
- To present witnesses and evidence about alleged violations to the Student Conduct Board or in an employee proceeding.
- To have an advisor present at any disciplinary hearings.
- To be informed of the outcome of any disciplinary proceeding and rights to appeal.
Mansfield University is committed to providing a safe and secure educational, residential and employment environment, free from discrimination and harassment, including discrimination based on sex. Sexual discrimination encompasses all forms of sexual misconduct: sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual exploitation, stalking and any sexual activity conducted without consent. Victims are encouraged to report any acts of sexual misconduct to campus security authorities and/or the Title IX Coordinator who is charged with enforcing this Bill of Rights. Retaliation against individuals reporting sexual misconduct will not be tolerated and will be addressed. These rights and procedures are governed by the University's Title IX Policy, Non-Discrimination Policy (employees) and the Student Code of Conduct (students).