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Bill of Rights
The Federal Campus Sexual 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 $35,000 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.
The University will treat information that it receives in a manner that respects both the Reporting Party and the Accused Party. Recognizing that sexual assault can include criminal acts that violate the security of the entire campus community, there may be instances where the University has a responsibility to investigate or disclose information regarding the circumstances related to a specific incident. Campus and Reporting Party safety considerations will be balanced with the privacy interests of all involved, as well as the applicable legal requirements, when making decisions regarding such investigations and disclosures. The University's ability to act to protect the interests of the Reporting Party and other Students is limited by the information provided to it. The University's ability to respond to a report of sexual assault may be limited if the Reporting Party insists that his or her name, or other identifiable information not be disclosed. The University will evaluate a request for anonymity in the context of its responsibility to provide a safe and non-discriminatory environment for the campus community. Additionally, while the Reporting Party is under no obligation to reveal the identity of the Accused Party, the Reporting Party will be encouraged to do so in the interest of protecting all members of the University community and preventing future incidents of sexual assault.
Immediate Response and Care
Fontbonne University recognizes the importance of offering victims of sexual misconduct immediate treatment, counseling support, and assistance. In addition, appropriate interim measures to help assure the safety and wellbeing of the victim will be offered. Consideration of the victim's wishes will be taken into account throughout the process; however, the University may have a legal obligation to investigate allegations of sexual misconduct, even without the participation of the victim.
** Information from the Clery Center for Security on Campus' Victims' Bill of Rights webpage.