The following explains what options victims have if and when they decide to report an incident of rape, acquaintance rape, dating violence, domestic violence, attempted or completed sexual assault, and stalking. It is always the victim's choice as to if and how to report. Reporting does not mean the victim has to press charges or give the name of the perpetrator. It means help can be provided.
An anonymous complaint informs the university that an incident happened without giving specific details, such as the victim's or the perpetrator's name. The university may not be able to fully address allegations received from anonymous sources unless sufficient information is furnished to enable the university to conduct a meaningful and fair investigation.
An informal complaint means that the victim reports the incident to a university official but does not want the university to investigate for Student Code of Conduct violations. Informal complaints can be filed with and Office of Student Life and Office of Campus Safety. Victims may also report to other university officials, such as professors, resident assistants, counselors, coaches or members of the religious community. All university officials, with the exception of counselors and members of the religious community, are required to report knowledge of violence that occurs on- or off- campus to the Office of Campus Safety. Filing an informal complaint allows these resources to help the victim manage the incident's effects on the victim's academic and social functioning. They can also provide information and confidential support that aid in making decisions about filing a formal complaint or seeking medical care or counseling. Informal complaints are also important because they allow the Office of Campus Safety to count the incident in the annual crime statistics, as well as aid in providing timely warning notices to the community.
Formal Legal Complaint
The University of Dallas encourages victims to report rape, dating violence, domestic violence, attempted or completed sexual assault and stalking to the local police. The Office of Campus Safety, the Director of Student Life or other campus resources can arrange a meeting place for your initial contact with the police. Victims can request that a representative of the university accompany them in making a police report.
Formal Complaint with the University
The victim must inform a university official in order to initiate an investigation of possible Student Code of Conduct violations. An internal administrative process determines whether violations of the Student Code of Conduct have occurred. The administrative team will work on the case as quickly and confidentially as possible. Once it has been determined that a Student Code of Conduct violation has occurred, the university will take immediate remedial action to prevent misconduct from recurring. The university may take any action consistent with the Student Code of Conduct, including but not limited to disciplinary probation, residential separation, suspension from the university or expulsion from the University.
The university will accommodate requests for alternative living, working, and academic arrangements as available and appropriate. This is available with all reporting options in both informal and formal choices of action for both parties.
Retaliatory harassment, occurring either during or after the filing of a personal or sexual violence complaint, is unlawful and in violation of university policy. If a victim (or his or her family members or others, as appropriate) believes that the victim is being harassed or retaliated against in any way as a result of alleging sexual violence, he or she should immediately notify the Director of Student Life.
The Office of Student Life has jurisdiction over all allegations of misconduct brought against University of Dallas students. This jurisdiction extends to allegations that occur on- and off- campus, and to allegations brought against all undergraduate and graduate students. The university will provide a prompt, fair, and impartial investigation and resolution of allegations of rape, acquaintance rape, dating violence, domestic violence, attempted or completed sexual assault and stalking. All investigations are conducted by officials who receive annual training on matters related to personal or sexual violence. All adjudicators are trained on how to conduct a hearing process that protects the safety of the victim and promotes accountability.
In addition to the procedures set forth in the Student Code of Conduct, the university will adhere to the following procedures in addressing allegations of personal or sexual violence:
As a general rule, the university will start its investigation of an allegation of personal or sexual violence as quickly as possible.
The University of Dallas takes the matter of rape, dating violence, acquaintance rape, domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and any form of harassment very seriously. UD is committed to making sure each member of the community is able to function without fear or intimidation. Any student or employee found responsible for any form of sexual misconduct may face the following disciplinary actions:
The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its programs and activities. Any person alleging to have been discriminated against in violation of Title IX may present a complaint to the Title IX coordinator. The Coordinator assists in an informal resolution of the complaint or guides the complainant to the appropriate individual or process for resolving the complaint.
Title IX Coordinator: The University has designated Janis Townsend, Director of Human Resources, as the Title IX Coordinator. Email firstname.lastname@example.org - Phone (972) 721-4142 - Office of Human Resources, Carpenter Hall 2nd Floor- 1845 E. Northgate Drive, Irving, TX.
Unlawful Discrimination and Harassment: The University of Dallas does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Janis Townsend, Director of Human Resources – Section 504/ADA Coordinator – Title IX Coordinator – Age Discrimination Act Coordinator – Office of Human Resources, Carpenter Hall 2nd Floor – 1845 E. Northgate Drive, Irving, TX. 75062 – (972) 721-4142.
The University of Dallas understands that one of the hardest parts when dealing with personal or sexual assault is due to concerns for one's privacy. Because of this, the University does its utmost to protect and respect the privacy of individuals involved, in accord with Federal and State Law.
Campus Safety investigates all reports of sexual violence that take place on campus. Details, such as time and location, are used as publicly available crime statistics. Any identifying information, such as names or residential address of the victim, will not be included in public reports.
The university will, upon request, disclose to the alleged victim of a crime of violence or non- forcible sex offense the results of any disciplinary hearing conducted by the university against the student who is the alleged perpetrator of the crime or offense. If the alleged victim is deceased as a result of the crime or offense, the institution will provide the results of the disciplinary hearing to the victim's next of kin, if so requested.
This right to privacy is provided and protected by State and Federal law:
Sources: US Department of Education Know Your Rights: Title IX Prohibits Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence Where You Go to School, Know Your Rights: Title IX Requires Your School to Address Sexual Violence, Dear Colleague Letter; National Victims' Constitutional Amendment Passage
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 ("Title IX"), 20 U.S.C. §1681 et seq., is a Federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs and activities. All public and private elementary and secondary schools, school districts, colleges, and universities (hereinafter "schools") receiving any Federal funds must comply with Title IX. Under Title IX, discrimination on the basis of sex can include sexual harassment or sexual violence, such as rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, and sexual coercion.
Under this Title, each individual has certain rights that must be respected.
Sources: US Dept. of Education--Know Your Rights: Title IX Prohibits Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence Where You Go to School, US Dept. of Education--Know Your Rights: Title IX Requires Your School to Address Sexual Violence