Sexual Assault Victim's Bill of Rights
Victims are afforded rights by the federal government, the state, and the institution. All students have the right to emotional and physical safety.
Federal law entitles sexual assault victims to the following rights:
- The accuser and the accused have the same opportunity to have others present throughout disciplinary proceedings.
- Both parties shall be informed of the outcome of any disciplinary proceeding. At no time can a victim be required to keep the outcome confidential.
- Victims shall be informed of their options to notify law enforcement.
- Victims shall be notified of counseling services available on- and off-campus.
- Victims shall be notified of options for changing academic and living situations.
- Victims may obtain a free forensic exam from a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner at St. Vincent Hospital without filing a police report or involving the police in any way. Other hospital charges may apply; please ask.
Wisconsin State Law outlines the following:
- University of Wisconsin System Chapter 17 outlines the campus disciplinary process. Students have the right to know the range of sanctions the institution can impose on the accused [UWS 17.10(1)], which include the following: written reprimand; denial of specified university privileges; imposition of reasonable terms and conditions on continued student status; restitution; removal of the student from the course in progress; disciplinary probation; suspension; and expulsion. Full text of this UWS 17 may be found online.
- Victims 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 (with victim's name withheld).
- Students have a right to privacy and confidentiality. In general, campus and community offices must have a waiver signed by the student in order to share information among one another or with any third party, including parents.
- Students have the right to receive sexual assault education and information on an annual basis.
Additionally, the institution is committed to ensuring that victims are afforded the following:
- The right to a victim advocate of their choosing. (For additional information and resources about victim advocacy, contact the Sexual Assault Center: 920-436-8899).
- The right to access STI testing and treatment, emergency contraception, and pregnancy testing.
- The right to be informed of and have access to medical, mental health, crisis response, legal, forensic, campus disciplinary, and/or victim advocacy services.
- 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.
- In a campus disciplinary hearing, victims have a variety of options for how they offer their testimony, including video conference, phone, or with room partition.