Shepherd University

SU Interpersonal Violence
 Resource Center


At Shepherd University we recognize the courage it takes for victims of violence to report what has occurred. It is imperative for victims to feel as safe as possible and to not fear retaliation for reporting. If you feel unsafe, harassed or targeted for reporting an incident, Shepherd, along with the federal government, has steps and policies implemented to take action against the behavior.

As stated in the Student Code of Conduct: Retaliatory action of any kind, including intimidation, coercion, or threats, against any individual as a result of a person’s attempt to seek redress or to participate in an investigation under applicable procedures dealing with sexual and other misconduct.

Acts of Retaliation Can Include:

  • Phone calls
  • Text messages
  • Social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.)
  • Handwritten notes
  • Friends or associates of the reported contacting the reporter
  • Face to face contact between reporter and reported
  • Any other means that leads the reporter to feel uncomfortable, unsafe, harassed, or targeted

Retaliation is an act that is not tolerated on Shepherd University’s campus. If you feel that you are being retaliated against for a report, please contact the Dave Cole, the Dean of Students, as soon as possible.