The investigation process outlined above may yield four levels of response: voluntary resolution; sanctions for individuals found responsible for sexual misconduct; remedies and accommodations for the victim; and any additional remedies for the university community.
Voluntary resolution among parties involved
This outcome may be employed if the Central Review Team determines that such an outcome between parties might be an appropriate response given the investigatory process. This outcome may include practices of restorative justice and dialogue. Because outcomes of such a resolution are mutually developed and agreed upon, there is no process of appeal for cases resolved in this manner.
Voluntary resolution or mediation is never an option in instances of sexual assault, domestic violence, or dating violence.
Outcomes and sanctions for those found responsible for violations
Those found responsible for violations of this policy are subject to a full range of actions including any civil or criminal charges which may accompany such acts.
The following outcomes and sanctions may be imposed upon any student found responsible for violations under this policy:
Educational activities, programs or interventions
A notice in writing that institutional regulations have been violated.
A written reprimand in place for a designated period of time and noting the probability of more severe sanctions for subsequent violations during the period of probation. Probation may impose limits on students' participation in certain student programs and activities.
Restrictions may include but not be limited to, for a designated period of time: loss of ability to hold office in any club or organization; restriction from participation in university programs (varsity athletics, or other co-curricular or academic programs); loss of access to facilities or equipment; housing restrictions or limitations. A student may lose his/her privileges or be subject to more severe disciplinary sanctions and/ or suspension if found in violation of any regulations during their restrictive probationary period, no matter how minor.
No Contact Order
Respondent instructed to have no contact with the victim through any means including: verbal, telephonic, electronic, written, or through third parties. This can be imposed by the University or a student(s) can request it, based on the circumstances of an incident.
Professional evaluation or assessment of problematic behavior and appropriate treatment by a certified professional.
Separation of the student from the University for a definite period of time, after which the student is eligible to return. Conditions for readmission may be specified.
Permanent separation of the student from the University.
The determination of sanctions is based upon a number of factors, including: the harm suffered by the complainant; any ongoing risk to either the complainant or the community posed by respondent; the impact of the violation on the community, its members, or its property; any previous conduct violations; and any mitigating or aggravating circumstances.
Remedies and accommodations for the victim
The result of the investigation process may include actions to address and remediate the misconduct for the victim, such as:
- No-contact directives
- Changes in class schedules
- Withdrawal from classes with no penalty
- Changes in living arrangements
- Change in work arrangements
- Counseling or other supportive services
- Medical services
- Academic support services
- Escort services to ensure safe movement on campus
Additional remedies for the University community
The investigative process may result in remedies for the campus community at large, in order to address the effects of the sexual misconduct. Such remedies may include but not be limited to:
- Designating an individual specifically trained in providing trauma-informed services to victims and those affected by sexual assault to be available to meet with individuals;
- Training or retraining university personnel on university's responsibilities to report and address allegations of sexual misconduct;
- Developing information and educational materials related to sexual misconduct prevention and response that can be distributed to all students;
- Conducting regular bystander education;
- Issuing policy statements about the University's zero tolerance policy;
- Conducting, in cooperation with student leaders, a campus "climate check" to assess the efficacy of prevention and response efforts;
- Training for groups of particular students impacted by an incident -- if for example sexual violence created a hostile environment within a team, residence hall, or other student group; and
- Informational (prevention, safety) emails to students after an event.
Both parties involved in a Sexual Misconduct investigation have the right to appeal the findings and recommendations of the CRT. Appeals may be made based on the following grounds:
- Procedures set forth in this policy were not followed
- New information not available at the time of the resolution process has become available.
Appeals shall be made in writing, and delivered within five business days to the Vice President for Campus Life and Inclusive Excellence (VPCLIE):
April Vari, D.Ed.
Vice President for
Delaware Valley University
700 E. Butler Avenue
Doylestown, PA. 18901
Office: Student Center
If grounds exist, the appeal, which consists of a review of written case materials and files, will be considered by the VPSA and the Vice President for Academic Affairs within five (5) business days from receipt.
Results of the appeal will be communicated simultaneously, and in writing (via electronic mail) to both parties within five (5) business days from the date the appeal review concluded. Appeal decisions are final.