Supportive Measures are individualized services, accommodations, and other assistance that the University offers and may put in place, without fee or charge. Supportive Measures are designed to restore or preserve equal access to the University’s Programs and Activities, protect the safety of all parties and the University’s educational environment, and/or deter Prohibited Conduct, without being punitive or disciplinary in nature or unreasonably burdening the other party.
Supportive Measures are available regardless of whether the matter is reported to the University for the purpose of initiating a proceeding under this Policy and before, after, and regardless of whether a Formal Complaint is filed. A Complainant who requests Supportive Measures has the right to file a Formal Complaint, either at the time the Supportive Measure is requested or at a later date. Any Complainant who requests Supportive Measures will be informed in writing of their right to simultaneously or subsequently file a Formal Complaint under this Policy.
When OIE receives a report of possible Prohibited Conduct, they will contact the Complainant to (1) discuss the availability of Supportive Measures; and (2) explain that Supportive Measures are available with or without filing a Formal Complaint. When the report involves a University Employee, the Title IX Coordinator will also explain the University’s obligation to investigate or otherwise respond to the report.
An individual may choose to request Supportive Measures from a Confidential Resource, listed below, regardless of whether any complaint is filed with OIE or law enforcement. If Supportive Measures are provided through a Confidential Resource, this action will not prompt any other institutional response.
Supportive Measures may also be requested by and made available to Respondents, witnesses, and other affected members of the University Community.
- Students: Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center (for Complainants) and CAPS; and
- Employees: Faculty and Staff Counseling and Consultation Office and Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center (for Complainants)
- Students: Counseling and Psychological Services and Ombuds Services; and Employees: Faculty and Staff Counseling and Consultation Office
- Students: Counseling and Psychological Services or the Sexual Assault Advocate in the Center for Gender and Sexuality (for Complainants); and
- Employees: Faculty and Staff Counseling and Consultation Office
To determine the appropriate Supportive Measure(s) to be implemented, the University conducts an individualized assessment based on the facts and circumstances of a situation. Supportive Measures will not be disciplinary or punitive in nature and will not unreasonably burden, or unreasonably interfere with the University Program or Activity pursuits of the other party. Whether a possible Supportive Measure would unreasonably burden the other party is a fact-specific determination that takes into account the nature of the programs, activities, opportunities, and benefits in which an individual is participating.
Examples of Supportive Measures include:
- Academic support services and accommodations, including the ability to reschedule classes, exams and assignments; transfer course sections; modify an academic schedule (typically to separate the Complainant and the Respondent) or withdraw from courses;
- Work schedule or job assignment modifications (for University employment);
- Changes in work or housing location;
- An escort to ensure safe movement on campus;
- On-campus counseling services and/or assistance in connecting to community-based counseling services;
- Assistance in connecting to community-based medical services;
- Mutual restrictions on contact or communication between the parties, although one-way restrictions may be appropriate to help enforce a preliminary injunction, restraining order, or other order of protection issued by a court, or in other special circumstances;
- Temporarily limiting an individual's access to certain University facilities or activities;
- Information about and/or assistance with obtaining personal protection orders;
- Leaves of absence;
- Increased monitoring and security of certain areas of the campus;
- Reassignment of Patient to another physician; or
- Any combination of these measures.
The University will maintain Supportive Measures provided to the Complainant or Respondent as confidential to the extent that maintaining such confidentiality would not impair the University’s ability to provide the Supportive Measures.