Interim measures may be both supportive and protective in nature. Supportive and protective measures are those services, accommodations, and other assistance the University puts in place after receiving notice of Prohibited Conduct, but before any final outcomes (investigatory, disciplinary, or remedial) have been determined. During the initial intake meetings with the parties, witnesses, or other impacted community members, OIE will discuss interim measures. If an individual is interested in interim measures, the Title IX Coordinator generally refers the individual to the DOS, which determines what interim measures are possible and brings a recommendation to the Title IX Coordinator for approval. Once the interim measures are approved, the DOS or other relevant office coordinates their implementation. There may be some interim measures, such as a no contact order, that the Title IX Coordinator initiates independently.

A. SUPPORTIVE MEASURES

Supportive measures are typically implemented for individual students and are designed to address the student’s safety, well-being, and continued access to educational opportunities. Supportive measures are available regardless of whether the person who requests a measure makes a report to the University or to law enforcement; whether the person participates in any investigation; or whether the University or law enforcement investigates a report that has been submitted. The University may implement supportive measures for Complainants, Respondents, witnesses, and other members of the University community. Supportive measures are voluntary and may be modified or discontinued at any time at the request of the individual.

Supportive measures may, among other things, include:

  • Academic support services and accommodations, including the ability to reschedule exams and assignments, transfer course sections, or withdraw from courses without penalty;

  • An escort to ensure safe movement between classes and activities;

  • On-campus counseling services and/or assistance in connecting to community-based

    counseling services;

  • Assistance in connecting to community-based medical services;

  • Work schedule or job assignment modifications (for University employment);

  • Assistance with obtaining personal protective orders; or

  • A combination of any of these measures.

B. PROTECTIVE MEASURES

Protective measures are measures that typically involve action by the University involving a Respondent. Failure to comply with these measures may result in a separate violation under this Policy. Protective measures are only available following the initiation of a University investigation. The nature of the protective measures is based upon the facts reasonably available at the time of the decision to implement the protective measures.

Protective measures may include:

  • No contact directives (to instruct an individual to stop all attempts at communication or other interaction with another individual);

  • Limiting an individual's access to certain University facilities or activities;

  • Academic schedule modifications (typically to separate Complainant and

    Respondent);

  • Work schedule or job assignment modifications including suspending employment with or without pay (for University positions);

  • Placing a hold on transcripts, meaning that the University may prevent a student from registering for classes or receiving a copy of their transcript or diploma;

  • Withholding or delaying the conferral of a degree;

  • Imposing an interim suspension; or

  • A combination of any of these measures.

Protective measures may also be appropriate for witnesses and other members of the University community, following the initiation of an investigation. Implementation of supportive or protective measures should not be taken to suggest that the University has made any decision about the merits of the report.

Protective measures are not imposed mechanically, and are instead selected based on an individualized inquiry of the facts and circumstances of each individual case and student. They are designed to balance the protection of the parties with minimizing the impact on each student’s ability to access the University’s programs and activities.

The University will keep private any supportive or protective measures provided under this Policy to the extent practicable, and will promptly address any violation of protective measures under this Policy and Procedures.

Supportive or protective measures or both may be kept in place beyond the resolution of the matter. Complainants who wish to request supportive measures confidentially may do so through Counseling Services or non-confidentially through the Office of Student Success or the Women’s Resource Center. Respondents who wish to request supportive measures may do so confidentially through Counseling Services, or non-confidentially through the Office of Student Success or the Dean of Students Office.

The Complainant or the Respondent may present a written challenge regarding the need for or the adequacy of supportive or protective measures to the Title IX Coordinator. Once a written challenge of interim measures is received, the Title IX Coordinator will schedule a meeting with the party challenging the interim measures, hear the party’s concerns, conduct any necessary follow-up, and render a decision regarding the need for or the adequacy of the supportive or protective measures within seventy-two (72) hours of the meeting.

Complainants or others should report information concerning a violation of protective measures to the Title IX Coordinator as soon as possible, and should dial 911 in situations of immediate health or safety concern.

If a Respondent’s actions pose an immediate danger to any member of the University community, the DOS, or designee, may immediately suspend the student pending a meeting. Except in extraordinary circumstances that meeting will be scheduled as soon as possible, typically within two (2) calendar days. At this meeting, the Respondent will be informed of the nature of the alleged violation, presented with available evidence, and given the opportunity to make a statement and present evidence. If the emergency suspension remains in place following the meeting, the Respondent will be offered a hearing option as soon as practicable, typically within ten calendar days, pursuant to the Student Rights & Code of Conduct.

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