Know Your Rights

Campus Sexual Assault Victims’ Bill of Rights

  • Accuser and accused must have the same opportunity to have an advisor present during all stages of investigative processes
  • Both parties shall be informed of the outcome of any disciplinary proceeding
  • Survivors shall be informed of their options to notify law enforcement
  • Survivors shall be notified of counseling services
  • Survivors shall be notified of options for changing academic and living situations

What Rights Do I have As a Student?

Sexual harassment is an act that violates the standards of the Emporia State University community and is prohibited in all its forms.  As a member of the university community, students are expected to adhere to all published rules, regulations and policies.  Behaviors and actions that violate university policy, including sexual harassment, are subject to investigation and sanctions which can include:

  • Warning
  • Restitution
  • Fine
  • Disciplinary probation
  • Campus/community service
  • Student suspension
  • Student expulsion

Emporia State University prohibits retaliation by its officers, employees, students, or agents against a person who exercises his or her rights or responsibilities under any provision of this policy and/or provisions of the Campus SaVE Act.

Know Your Rights: Title IX Requires Your School to Address Sexual Violence*

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits sex discrimination—which includes sexual violence—in educational programs and activities. All public and private schools, school districts, colleges and universities receiving federal funds must comply with Title IX. If you have experienced sexual violence, here are some things you should know about your Title IX rights:

Your School Must Respond Promptly and Effectively to Sexual Violence

  • You have the right to report the incident to your school, have your school investigate what happened, and have your complaint resolved promptly and equitably.
  • You have the right to choose to report an incident of sexual violence to campus or local law enforcement. But a criminal investigation does not relieve your school of its duty under Title IX to respond promptly and effectively.
  • Your school must adopt and publish procedures for resolving complaints of sex discrimination, including sexual violence. Your school may use student disciplinary procedures, but any procedures for sexual violence complaints must afford you a prompt and equitable resolution.
  • Your school should ensure that you are aware of your Title IX rights and any available resources, such as victim advocacy, housing assistance, academic support, counseling, disability services, health and mental health services, and legal assistance.
  • Your school must designate a Title IX coordinator and make sure all students and employees know how to contact him or her. The Title IX coordinator should also be available to meet with you.
  • All students are protected by Title IX, regardless of whether they have a disability, are international or undocumented, and regardless of their sexual orientation and gender identity.

Your School Must Provide Interim Measures as Necessary

  • Your school must protect you as necessary, even before it completes any investigation. Your school should start doing this promptly once the incident is reported.
  • Once you tell your school about an incident of sexual violence, you have the right to receive some immediate help, such as changing classes, dorms, or transportation. When taking these measures, your school should minimize the burden on you.
  • You have the right to report any retaliation by school employees, the alleged perpetrator, and other students, and your school should take strong responsive action if it occurs.
  • Your School Should Make Known Where You Can Find Confidential Support Services
  • Your school should clearly identify where you can go to talk to someone confidentially and who can provide services like advocacy, counseling, or academic support. Some people, such as counselors or victim advocates, can talk to you in confidence without triggering a school’s investigation.

* This document outlines your rights under Title IX. You may have additional rights under other federal and state laws.

These rights are available in other languages (Spanish, Chinese, Korean, & Vietnamese) at http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/sexharassresources.html