Making changes to your daily schedule or living arrangements after experiencing a sexual assault or relationship abuse may help you feel safer and reestablish a sense of control. University assistance can come in the form of support measures (help for you) or protective measures (which may also impact the accused party). Assistance is available to you whether or not you choose to file a formal police report or conduct complaint.
Supportive measures are ways that the university can help you navigate your housing, academic, mental health, and other needs. They will vary based on your needs and specific circumstances, but examples might include:
Communicating with your professors about absences or extensions related to your situation
Communicating with professors or academic advisors about seeking incompletes
Helping access urgent medical or mental health appointments
If your incident involved another student, specific action can be applied to create separation between the reporting party (you) and the respondent (accused student). These measures do not require that you file a police report or conduct complaint, but they may require additional disclosure to the Title IX office about what happened. These will also involve notification to the accused party that a concern has been reported. The Title IX office will make every effort to maintain your privacy, and these measures will be pursued only with your permission.
These actions may include, but are not limited to:
No contact order. An order prohibiting any contact, whether in person, electronic, or through third parties, between you and the other student. Violations of a no contact order are investigated and pursued by Student Rights and Responsibilities and/or the Title IX office.
Persona non grata. A persona non grata order bans a student from a particular residence hall or other building.
Administrative housing or schedule change. Administrative action to change the housing assignment, class assignment, or other logistical matters for the complainant (you) or the respondent (accused student).