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Respondent Support

If you are accused, you are entitled to fair treatment, as well as support for your concerns related to being accused, decision-making and resources to guide you through the complaint process.

What should I do?
  • Talk to someone you can trust: a friend, family member, counselor, or member of the clergy.
  • Confidential support is available from CAPS. CAPS counselors can provide counseling to help deal with feelings related to being accused, decision-making, and concerns about relationships.
  • Familiarize yourself with the University of Richmond’s Sexual Misconduct Policy and process for investigating complaints of sexual misconduct so that you know what to expect. The Title IX Coordinator can answer any questions you may have.
  • Talk with the Title IX Coordinator about any interim measures you may need. 
  • Be aware that retaliation against a complainant, or any behavior that could be interpreted as such, will not only make the situation worse but is also unlawful and could result in additional complaints of misconduct and possible sanctions.
  • Consider whether there is information to gather that might be helpful. For example, you might gather text messages, emails, Facebook postings, or other social media postings. If you have already deleted text messages, contact your phone carrier to find out if they can be recovered. If you think of possible witnesses, it might be helpful to write down their names so that you do not forget them later, when asked as part of the investigation.
  • Do not contact the alleged victim through any means — in person, by phone, by mail, by social media, via electronic communication, or through someone else.
I received a No Contact Order. What does that mean?

A No Contact Order (NCO) is an administrative directive that the University can initiate, usually at the request of a reporting student. It instructs a student not to have any contact, either direct or indirect, with another student. “Contact” includes, but is not necessarily limited to, in-person contact, telephone calls, email, texts and other forms of electronic communication, social media-based messages or postings, and third party communications including through proxies.

A No Contact Order is not intended to be punitive. It is intended to keep all involved students safe and to prevent escalation of a situation. The NCO will remain in place as long as necessary. A no-contact order does not mean that an investigation has commenced but may be issued in conjunction with an investigation.

If a student is found responsible for violating a NCO, that student will be sanctioned through the University conduct process.

What supportive measures are available to me?

You have the right to request and to receive appropriate supportive measures. The Title IX Coordinator will ensure that the supportive measures are implemented in a prompt, fair, and equitable manner and do not disproportionately impact you. Some examples of supportive measures include academic assistance, assistance with scheduling CAPS appointments, and changes to work schedules.

What is an advisor and should I have one?

Both parties have the right to have an advisor present at all phases of the investigation and conduct proceedings. An advisor is a trusted faculty/staff member, friend, parent or legal counsel. The advisors role is to provide emotional support and assistance if needed.

The Advisor cannot be:

  • A witness or provide evidence in the case;
  • An active participant in the University’s process;
  • An on-campus confidential resource (CAPS, Ordained Clergy, Student Health Center staff)
  • An advisor to both the complainant and respondent simultaneously
Will a Title IX investigation be part of my academic record?

The University considers the records of a sexual misconduct investigation to be confidential and the University uses reasonable methods to protect the confidentiality of those records.  Information gathered in the course of a sexual misconduct investigation will be disclosed to University officials only to the extent such officials require such information to perform their responsibilities to the University.  Information gathered during an investigation may be shared with other involved students (for example the complainant or respondent) to the extent necessary to conduct a thorough and equitable investigation, in the course of a student conduct or other disciplinary proceeding and as permitted or required by applicable law or court order. Information gathered in the course of a sexual misconduct investigation will not be disclosed to third parties except as required by law, court order or with appropriate written consent.

The records of an investigation involving University students are considered to be education records subject to the Federal Rights to Privacy Act (“FERPA”) and the University’s FERPA policy

Virginia law requires that a prominent notation be added to the academic transcript of any student who is suspended for, permanently dismissed for, or withdraws from the University while under investigation for an offense involving sexual violence.  This transcript notation will be removed if a student is subsequently found not to have committed an offense involving sexual violence or if the student completes their term of suspension and is determined to be in good standing according to applicable University policy. 

Health care and counseling records are confidential and will only be disclosed with appropriate written consent or as required by applicable law or court order.