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KSU Policies and Your Rights

Administrative policies regarding sexual assault may be found on the KSU Policy Register.

The Code of Student Conduct is also a useful resource, as it contains information regarding prohibited student conduct, the student conduct adjudication process, and the rights of students (including the rights of victims of sexual misconduct). It may be found on the Office of Student Conduct website.

It is also important to note that the United States Department of Education Office for Civil Rights recognizes that sexual violence "interferes with students' right to receive an education free from discrimination."¹ Therefore, some acts of sexual assault are considered a form of sex discrimination, which is prohibited by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. If you have any questions or concerns about Title IX, or if you would like to report a violation of your Title IX rights, contact:

Loretta B. Shields, PHR
Director of Compliance and Benefits
Kent State University
Division of Human Resources
P.O. Box 5190
Kent, OH 44242
Phone: 330-672-2038
Fax: 330-672-5447
E-mail: Lshields@kent.edu

Furthermore, the United States Congress enacted the "Campus Sexual Assault Victims' Bill of Rights" in 1992 as a part of the Higher Education Amendments of 1992 (Public Law: 102-325, section 486(c)). This law requires that all colleges and universities (both public and private) participating in federal student aid programs afford sexual assault victims certain basic rights, which are outlined below. Complaints about schools that have failed to comply with this law should be made with the U.S. Department of Education.*

Campus Sexual Assault Victims' Bill of Rights

Accuser and accused must have the same opportunity to have others present.

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.

¹United States Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (2011). Dear Colleague Letter: Sexual Violence.
*Material from this section was adapted from Security on Campus, Inc.
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