Your Rights

Victim Rights

Under the Clery Act, certain basic rights are guaranteed to members of our community who are victims of sexual assault.  The Title IX Coordinators are responsible for ensuring that these rights are or have been communicated to the individual.

  • Survivors shall be notified of their options to notify law enforcement.
    • Reporting or not reporting a crime is a personal choice for the survivor. All crimes are worth reporting whether or not you take a legal course of action. Please know that most University employees are obligated to report if they know or suspect that a sexual assault has occurred.  Additional information is available in the Reporting section of the site.  
    • You can contact the Framingham State University Police Department at 508-626-4911. There are several officers who are trained in sexual assault investigations.
    • The police can also provide information on how to obtain an Harassment Prevention Order through the courts and/or a No Communication Directive through the University.
  • Accuser and accused must have the same opportunity to have others present.
    • If a complaint is pursued through the University’s Investigation and Resolution Procedures, an investigation will be conducted. For complaints against students, the investigation will be conducted through the Office of Student Conduct.  Each party is entitled to have an advisor present for all related meetings.  For students in need of a Victim’s Advocate one will be made available through the Dean of Students Office. 
  • Both parties shall be informed of the outcome of any disciplinary proceeding.
    • Findings and sanctions may range from findings of "not responsible" to sanctions up to and including expulsion from the University for student respondents or termination for employee respondents.
  • Survivors shall be notified of counseling services.
    • Counseling services are available to students through the University's Counseling Center.
    • AllOne Health Employee Assistance Program offers 24/7 counseling services for employees and their household members by calling 800-451-1834.  Additional resources are available on their website www.allonehealtheap.com. Log in information is available by contacting HR.  
    • Advocate's Psychiatric Emergency Services is available for after hours or emergency care for anyone in need by calling 800-640-5432 or 508-872-3333.
  • Survivors shall be notified of options for changing academic and living situations. 
    • Interim modified living arrangements may be available upon request for students in cases where the victim and the accused live in the same residence hall.  Academic adjustments will be made possible for students in cases where the victim and accused share classes.  These arrangements are available through the Dean of Students/Title IX Coordinator for Students.
    • The University Title IX Coordinator can also assist with adjustments to work situations for employees.
    • A No Communication Directive through the University may also be available.

Framingham State University further informs complainants alleging sexual violence, sexual harassment, gender-based harassment, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking and/or retaliation that they have the following rights:

  • to an explanation of the options available;
  • to referrals to confidential assistance and support services from both on- and off-campus resources, including 24 hour services;
  • to a change in on-campus residence and/or an adjustment to their academic schedule if such changes are reasonably available;
  • to request that the University impose no contact/communication orders or other interim measures;
  • to make a complaint that starts the University’s investigation and resolution processes;
  • to a prompt, thorough and equitable investigation and resolution of a complaint;
  • to choose whether or not to initiate a formal investigation of the complaint, unless the University deems it necessary to investigate to protect the safety of the community or in compliance with applicable law;
  • to the confidentiality of the investigation process to the extent possible (see Privacy and Confidentiality at Section G);
  • to an advisor of one’s choice who will assist and be present at any time during the investigation proceedings, but who may not participate in or otherwise provide representation in any way throughout the process;
  • to reasonable accommodations for a documented disability during the process;
  • to know, in advance, the names of all persons known to be involved;
  • not to have irrelevant sexual history discussed;
  • to be present at meetings and review documents;
  • to speak and present information on one’s own behalf;
  • to submit questions for the Administrative Investigator to ask witnesses;
  • to know the status of the case at any point during the process;
  • to be informed of the outcome of the process in a timely manner;
  • to an appeal from the outcome of the process;
  • to file no complaint with the University, but receive support services from the University;
  • to file a police report and/or take legal action separate from and/or in addition to the University discipline process;
  • to seek and enforce a no contact, restraining or similar court order;
  • to be assisted by the University in seeking assistance from or filing a complaint with local law enforcement;
  • to not file a complaint or seek assistance from local law enforcement, but receive support services from the University;
  • to be free from any behavior that may be construed by the University to be intimidating, harassing or retaliatory; and
  • to have the matter handled in accordance with University Policy. 

Respondent Rights

Respondents to claims of sexual violence, sexual harassment, gender-based harassment, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking and/or retaliation have the following rights:

  • to an explanation of the allegations against them; 
  • to referrals to confidential assistance and support services from both on- and off-campus resources, including 24 hour services;
  • to receive a copy of the complaint filed against them;
  • to be presumed not in violation of University policy until a violation is established through the complaint investigation process;
  • to the confidentiality of the investigation process to the extent possible (see Privacy and Confidentiality at Section G);
  • to an advisor of one’s choice who will assist and be present at any time during the investigation proceedings, but who may not participate in or otherwise provide representation in any way throughout the process;
  • to reasonable accommodations for a documented disability during the process;
  • to know, in advance, the names of all persons known to be involved;
  • not to have irrelevant sexual history discussed;
  • to be present at meetings and review documents;
  • to speak and present information on one’s own behalf;
  • to submit questions for the Administrative Investigator to ask witnesses;
  • to know the status of the case at any point during the investigation and resolution process;
  • to be informed of the outcome of the process in a timely manner;
  • to an appeal from the outcome of the process;
  • to be free from any behavior that may be construed by the University to be intimidating, harassing or retaliatory; and
  • to have the matter handled in accordance with University Policy.