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10 Things to Know About Title IX

1. USU does not tolerate sexual misconduct.

USU has a Title IX Coordinator whose primary task is to respond to sexual misconduct allegations and ensure compliance with federal Title IX regulations.

2. USU has an amnesty policy.

You will not be disciplined for drug or alcohol student code violations in connection with a report of sexual misconduct. 

3. You have options.

Making a report to the Title IX office does not automatically start an investigation. If you wish to maintain confidentiality or request that no investigation into a particular incident be conducted or disciplinary action taken, the Title IX office will evaluate that request in the context of the university's responsibility to provide a safe, non-discriminatory environment for all students, including for you. There are several resources available, both on and off campus, where you can be sure to maintain confidentiality. Learn about more resources.

4. USU's Title IX office is not a law enforcement agency.

If you would like to pursue criminal justice, you should report the crime to the police department. USU has a limited ability to protect students off campus.

5. There is no time limit on reporting to Title IX.

You are encouraged to report as soon as possible after an incident, but there is not a time limit for making a report to Title IX or requesting an investigation and disciplinary action. 

6. USU prohibits retaliation.

Retaliation (intimidation or harassment) in response to a sexual misconduct report or participation in an investigation is against USU policy. 

7. You can access help, even if you don't file a formal complaint.

You can access remedial measures, even if you do not want Title IX to pursue an investigation. This could include academic schedule adjustments, on-campus housing and work changes or extra time for assignments.

8. Both parties in a Title IX disciplinary process can have a support person.

You have the opportunity to have a support person or advisor of your choosing to accompany you to any meeting in the Title IX process. Both parties in an investigation also have an equitable right to share their story and review evidence. 

9. You have access to confidential resources.

You have access to confidential resources at USU, including advocates at the SAAVI office and therapists at CAPS. You can speak confidentially with these employees, who will not share your personal information, even with the Title IX office, without your permission.

10. If you report to Title IX, we encourage you to also work with a victim advocate.

An advocate can help you navigate your reporting options and provide support through both a Title IX investigation or a criminal investigation. They are in your corner and are not required to be impartial like the staff involved in Title IX investigations. Advocates are available through the USU SAAVI office or the off-campus organization CAPSA.
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