CWU Response to Sexual Misconduct Handbook

Central Washington University’s RESPONSE TO SEXUAL MISCONDUCT: Know Your Rights and Options Civil Rights Compliance

TABLE OF CONTENTS Introduction What is Sexual Misconduct? Definitions What is Consent? Reporting Sexual Misconduct and Confidentiality Confidential Resources Non-Confidential/Private Resources and Reporting Requesting Confidentiality Protecting Student Privacy in Public Records Resources Confidential Resources On and Off-Campus Non-Confidential/Private Resources On- Campus Following a Sexual Misconduct Disclosure or Report Supportive Measures Sexual Misconduct Reporting and Response Workflow Sexual Misconduct Investigation and Outcomes Timeline Process Retaliation Procedural Rights How Decisions Are Made Potential Sanctions Reporting to Law Enforcement and Legal Interventions Preservation of Evidence Contacting Law Enforcement Protective and No-Contact Orders University Issued No-Contact Orders for Students

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Introduction Central Washington University (CWU), in compliance with the Clery Act, including amendments by the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013, has prepared this guide for University community members who have been impacted by acts or reports of sexual misconduct. Sexual misconduct is a form of prohibited sex discrimination which violates University policy, as well as state and federal law, including but not limited to Title IX, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and RCW 49.60. This booklet is intended to provide detailed information about reporting options and what to expect from the University’s response to reports of sexual misconduct. University community members are encouraged to contact the Title IX Coordinator if they have questions, using the contact information on page 8.



Anyone seeking assistance, whether for themselves or someone they are concerned about, is strongly encouraged to contact a confidential resource first. Confidential resources can be a good starting point because they can outline the various reporting options and resources available, without the responsibility to report to the Title IX Coordinator. For more information about confidential resources, please review “Confidential Resources On and Off-Campus” on pages 6-7.

This publication is inspired by University of North Carolina- Charlotte’s Interpersonal Violence Resources Guide.


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