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Victim Bill of Rights

Sexual Misconduct Victim Bill of Rights

If you have been the victim of a sexual misconduct, UCM is committed to ensuring you receive fair, prompt and respectful assistance from all University personnel.

The impact of violence on victims and the surrounding community can be severe and long lasting. We have established this Bill of Rights to articulate requirements for policies, procedures, and services designed to ensure your needs are met and the university will create and maintain a community that supports human dignity. This Bill of Rights helps establish University practices and processes for victims of sexual assault, stalking, intimate or domestic violence and ensures appropriate and compassionate treatment.

All students have the right to emotional and physical safety.

UCM is committed to creating an environment in which:

  • You have the right to be treated with dignity and respect by all University personnel and fellow students.
  • You have the right to access appropriate campus and community resources regardless of whether or not you report the assault as a crime.
  • You will have access to both confidential reporting options that are not required to report personal information to law enforcement (the Counseling Center, the Office of Mentoring, Advocacy and Peer Support, University Health Center, and the Office of Violence and Substance Abuse Prevention) as well as other reporting options that can protect your privacy but may involve communication with law enforcement (Student Experience and Engagement).
  • You have the right to know that any disclosure of a sexual assault made to a university employee can result in a report as an annual crime statistic (without revealing your identity).
  • You have the right to know that all complaints of a sexual nature will be addressed with due regard to your concerns of privacy. However, if any occurrences of a sexual nature pose a threat to other members of the University community, the University will take affirmative steps to notify students, faculty and staff of the potential danger.
  • You have the right to be informed of and have access to medical, counseling, crisis response, legal, campus disciplinary, and/or victim advocacy services.
  • You have the right to have crimes committed against you investigated and adjudicated by law enforcement, and the right to the full and prompt cooperation and assistance of campus personnel in notifying the proper authorities. This is separate from and in addition to any campus disciplinary proceedings.
  • You have the right to be free from any kind of pressure from campus personnel that might prompt you to: (1) not report any crimes committed against you to civil and criminal authorities or to campus law enforcement and disciplinary officials, or (2) report crimes as lesser offenses than you perceive them to be.
  • You have the right to know that law enforcement officers are not required to issue a minor-in-possession violation to underage victims who were drinking alcohol on the occasion of the assault. Additionally, students receive Medical Amnesty from the campus disciplinary process when it is determined by a Conduct Educator that you sought emergency medical attention for yourself or medical assistance was sought for you related to the consumption of alcohol or other drugs.
  • You have the right to be informed about the campus judicial process, have the opportunity to have an advisor or advocate assist you throughout the process, and to be notified of the case progress and final disposition. At no time in the campus administrative process will you be expected to directly confront or be in the same room as your assailant
  • You have the right to ask campus personnel to take reasonable and necessary actions to prevent further unwanted contact by your assailant including assistance in changing academic and living situations if such changes are reasonably available.
  • You have the right to be free from retaliation for seeking help and/or action.
  • You and all students have the right to receive sexual assault education and information on an annual basis.

For more information on ways the university can assist you, please contact:
Title IX Coordinator: 660-543-4002 or by email at bowman@ucmo.edu

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