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Sexual Assault

Rights of the Victim of a Sexual Assault

As a victim of sexual assault it is imperative that you understand your rights and that you receive the support and resources you want in order to regain a sense of control over your life. It is our commitment to treat you with dignity, to inform you of all of your reporting options including the right to not report, to make the arrangements you need to feel as safe as possible on campus and to keep you informed of progress involved in any reporting option you may choose. In addition Shepherd University complies with the Federal Campus Assault Victim’s Bill of Rights outline below.

The Federal Campus Assault Victims’ Bill of Rights

  • Survivors shall be notified of their options to notify law enforcement.
  • Accuser and accused must have the same opportunity to have others present.
  • Both parties shall be informed of the outcome of any disciplinary proceeding.
  • Survivors shall be notified of counseling services.
  • Survivors shall be notified of options for changing academic and living situations.

The Campus Sexual Assault Victims’ Bill of Rights was signed into law by President George Bush in July of 1992. This law requires that all colleges and universities (both public and private) participating in federal student aid programs afford sexual assault victims certain basic rights. Schools found to have violated this law can be fined up to $27,500 or lose their eligibility to participate in federal student aid programs. Complaints about schools that have filed to comply with this law should be made to the U.S. Department of Education.

The “Campus Sexual Assault Victims’ Bill of Rights” exists as a part of the campus security reporting requirements, commonly known as the Jeanne Clery Act. (Courtesy of The Clery Center)

Victims Rights Under Title IX

Shepherd University is also committed to compliance with Title IX requirements regarding prompt and effective response to Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault on campus, prevention of recurrence and provision of a process to effectively handle complaints and investigations of sexual harassment and assaults. Please follow the link below to understand your student rights.