All individuals who are involved in a sexual misconduct incident have a right to receive supportive measures from ESU.
These supportive measures are individualized services reasonably available that are designed to ensure equal educational access, protect safety, and deter sexual harassment.
These supportive measures will be offered regardless of whether the individual wishes to file a formal complaint. Supportive measures are non-disciplinary and non-punitive.
Supportive measures suggested by the new Title IX regulations include:
- I have just been sexually assaulted. I don’t think I can go back to class because the person who assaulted me is in that class or their friends are there. What can I do?
The Title IX Office can assist you with the resources and support that you need to be able to have the most rewarding educational experience that you can while at the University. The Title IX Office can arrange for you to see a counselor or make a change to your living arrangement. Also, should you be having problems with your classes, the Title IX Office can arrange for accommodations with your professors that would provide you an opportunity to make up any coursework due to the incident or possibly be provided with the coursework in an alternative manner.
- I am concerned about other students possibly treating me differently because I have been accused of sexual assault or I am the respondent in a sexual misconduct investigation. What can I do?
Retaliation is strictly prohibited, and ESU takes any allegations of retaliation against anyone involved in the investigation or conduct process very seriously. If you believe you have been mistreated or otherwise retaliated against because of this allegation made against you, or your participation in this investigation, please inform the University immediately.
The ESU Sexual Misconduct Policy prohibits retaliation, which is defined as any action, directly or through others, which is aimed to deter someone from reporting sexual misconduct or participating in a sexual misconduct investigation or hearing. This includes threats, coercion, or discrimination against someone who is alleged to have sexually assaulted or harassed someone. Retaliation against the person who made the complaint or participated in the sexual misconduct resolution process is also prohibited.
The University will impose sanctions on any faculty, student, or staff member found to be engaging in retaliation, or individuals who encourage third parties to retaliate on their behalf. It is important to note that these expectations are in effect for everyone. Also, if you retaliate against anyone involved in this investigation or conduct process, in any way, you will be subject to further conduct review.