Victims, whether student or staff, and the accused are afforded rights by the federal government, the state, and the institution. All victims have the right to emotional and physical safety. These rights/options are for anyone who reports being a victim of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault or stalking, whether the offense occurred on- or off-campus, and regardless of whether you choose to report the crime to campus police or local law enforcement.
Virginia Law outlines the following:
- You have the right to know the range of sanctions the institution can impose on the accused, which include the following: written reprimand; denial of specified university privileges; fines; restitution; removal of the student from the course in progress; disciplinary probation; suspension; and expulsion.
- 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).
- You have a right to privacy and confidentiality. Unless you sign a waiver, no one can share information among one another or with any third party, including parents without your prior consent.
As a victim, you are entitled to the following rights:
- You and the accused have the same opportunity to have others present throughout disciplinary proceedings.
- You and the accused shall be informed simultaneously and in writing of the procedures, outcome and any changes to the results that occurs of any disciplinary proceeding. At no time can a victim be required to keep the outcome confidential.
- You can obtain a free forensic exam from a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) or forensic nurse without filing a police report at St. Mary’s Hospital or VCU Medical Center. A free Physical Evidence Recovery Kit (PERK) exam may be obtained from Southside Regional Medical Center.
You also have to the right to be:
- Informed of your options to notify law enforcement or not.
- Notified of counseling services that are available on- and off-campus.
- Notified of options for obtaining protective orders, changing academic, living, transportation, and working situations, if so requested , and if such accommodations are reasonably available.
Additional Rights and Resources
The institution is committed to ensuring that you are afforded the following:
- The right to an advocate of your choosing (For more information see resources below).
- 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 if you are underage and were drinking alcohol on the occasion of the assault.
- In a campus disciplinary hearing, you have a variety of options for how you offer your testimony, including video conference, phone, or with room partition.
Counseling & Confidential Resources
Sexual Assault Prevention Services (804) 524-5939
University Counseling Center (804) 524-5939
United Campus Ministries (804) 524-5214
Student Health Services (804) 524-5711
Reporting & Investigation
Department of Police & Public Safety (804) 524-5360 Crime in progress: (804) 524-5411
Title IX Coordinator (804)524-1007 or (804) 524-5090
Off-campus ResourcesChesterfield Domestic & Sexual Violence Resource Center (Free Counseling and Support Groups) (804) 318-8265
LGBTQ Partner Abuse & Sexual Assault Helpline 1-866-356-6998
The James House (Free 24 hour Crisis intervention, Advocacy for hearings, support groups) (804) 458-2840
YWCA Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault (Free 24 hour Crisis intervention, Advocacy for hearings, support groups) (804) 643-0888
Virginia Family Violence & Sexual Assault Hotline (Free 24 Hour Crisis Intervention and support) (800) 838-8238
Medical ResourcesVCU Medical Center Forensic Nurse Examiner available 24 hours (804) 828-5250
Bon Secours St. Mary's Hospital Forensic Nurse Examiner available 24 hours (804) 285-2011
Southside Regional Medical Center (804) 765-5000
Central Virginia Legal Aid Society (804) 648-1012Central VA Legal Aid-Southside (804) 862-1100
Chesterfield County Victim Witness Assistance Program (804) 796-7087
Virginia Poverty Law Center, Inc. (804) 782-9430
Petersburg Victim Witness Assistance Program (804) 732-0226
Please click on the link below to view the VSU's Trojan Bills of Rights Notification Form: