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If you have been accused of sexual misconduct, this may be a confusing and overwhelming time. The investigation process can be stressful. Therefore, Eastern Connecticut State University provides a number of support resources that can help you understand the investigation process and provide support. If Eastern conducts an investigation, you will have the opportunity to provide your full story to the investigators. Also, it is important for you to keep in mind that any act of retaliation against any person for making a report or participating in an investigation is strictly prohibited.

The rights of the person accused of sexual assault are detailed in the Board of Regents Sexual Misconduct Reporting, Supportive Measures and Processes Policy


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  • 1. All reports of sexual misconduct will be treated seriously and with dignity by the institution.
    2. The right to a fair, prompt, and impartial investigation.
    3. The right to preservation of privacy and to keep their identity confidential.
    4. Equal access to any information that will be used during meetings and hearings.
    5. Referrals to on campus resources for academic, medical, counseling, and other advisory services.
    6. Respondents may respond to evidence presented by the reporting party and to provide additional evidence and/or witnesses.
    7. Those who have been accused of sexual misconduct have the right to receive written notice of any investigative interviews, meetings, or hearings, including a written notice of the decision of the hearing body (if needed) within one (1) business day of the conclusion.
    8. An opportunity to request for a review of findings.
    9. Those who seek confidentiality may contact a clergy member(s), a University counseling center counselor, a University health center care provider – all of whom are bound by state statutes and professional ethics to maintain confidentiality without written releases.
    10. As stated by the Board of Regents of Higher Education, retaliation against any person who made a complaint, testified, assisted, or refused to participate in an administrative or criminal process is strictly prohibited and will not be tolerated
  • 1. Preserve Evidence
    If a complaint has been filed, considering preserving evidence. Examples of evidence include but are not limited to the following: a list of witnesses with contact information, text messages, call history, social media posts, pictures of injuries. This is not an exhaustive list, but it can be beneficial to preserve evidence for the process.

    2. DO NOT contact the complainant

    3. DO NOT ask anyone to intercede on your behalf and contact the complainant

    4. DO read Eastern Connecticut’s Sexual Misconduct Policy and Title IX Grievance Process

  • No Contact Order
    A No Contact Order is a directive from the office of Student Conduct that limits contact with another student on campus. This includes but is not limited to personal contact, telephone contact, mail contact, electronic contact (including but not limited to email, text message, social network messaging, or instant messaging) and third-party contact. Failure to abide by this order may result in formal disciplinary charged being filed under the Student Code of Conduct

    Persona Non Grata (PNG) from Residence Halls
    A PNG puts a student on notice that they are unwelcome in a specific building or area on campus. Failure to comply with a PNG may result in arrest for criminal trespassing.
    Assistance in Changing Living Arrangements, Class Schedules, or On-Campus Work Schedules
    The university recognizes that it may be necessary for students to request an interim change to their on-campus living arrangements, class schedules, and on-campus workplace. Students should contact the Dean of Students. Students should not hesitate to make these requests, which will be addressed in a timely manner

    Support Person
    A support person is someone who accompanies a complainant or respondent to a hearing (or a proceeding pertaining to a report of sexual misconduct) for the limited purpose of providing support and guidance. You are able to choose a support person to assist you throughout the process. A support person should be someone you feel comfortable with knowing the details of the incident and who you would feel comfortable having present at meetings or a hearing (if needed).

  • If you are someone who has been accused of sexual misconduct, sexual assault, sexual harassment, intimate partner violence and/or stalking, we want to make sure you are aware of the resources available to you. There are both confidential and non-confidential resources available to make a disclosure. These offices will be able to give you support and give an overview of resources, options, and supportive measures available to you. You can learn more information about these resources here.