Sanctions

Sanctions for Violating Title IX Policy on Sexual Misconduct

The following sanctions against a student who has been found responsible for violating the Sexual Misconduct Policy will vary depending on the severity of the violation.

The Investigator(s) will recommend sanctions to the Title IX Coordinator who will discuss and present to the Dean of Students for final decision and implementation of sanctions.

Information regarding the definition(s) of specific sanctions is located in the Student Code of Conduct and Community Standards. Each sanction has been formally defined in the Student Code of Conduct.

 Sexual Assault/Misconduct Violations

  • Any student found responsible for violating the policy on Non-Consensual Sexual or Forced Sexual contact (where no intercourse has occurred) will likely receive a sanction ranging from probation to expulsion, depending on the severity of the incident, and taking into account any previous disciplinary violations.*
  • Any person found responsible for violating the Non-Consensual or Forced Sexual Intercourse will likely face a recommended sanction of suspension or expulsion *

  Sexual Harassment Violations

  • Any student found responsible for violating the Sexual Exploitation or Sexual Harassment policies will likely receive a recommended sanction ranging from warning to expulsion depending on the severity of the incident, and taking into account any previous disciplinary violations.*
  • Any student found responsible for violating the policy on intimate partner violence will likely receive a recommended sanction ranging from warning to expulsion; depending on the severity of the incident, and taking into account any previous campus conduct code violations. *

 Intimate Partner/Dating Relationship Violence Violations

  • Any student found responsible for violating the policy on intimate partner violence will likely receive a recommended sanction ranging from warning to expulsion; depending on the severity of the incident, and taking into account any previous campus conduct code violations. *

 Stalking Violations

  • Any student found responsible for violating the policy on stalking will likely receive a recommended sanction ranging from warning to expulsion, depending on the severity of the incident, and taking into account any previous campus conduct code violations. *

*The Title IX Coordinator in collaboration with the Dean of Students reserves the right to broaden or lessen any range of recommended sanctions in the case of serious mitigating circumstances or egregiously offensive behavior.

The Dean of Students or designee will correspond concurrently via email, phone, or in-person meetings to both the complainant and respondent of the outcome of a sexual misconduct  Investigator(s) proceeding in writing within three (3) business days of the decision.

Sanctions will include steps to end the behavior exhibited, prevent its reoccurrence, and make whole the educational environment of all involved parties. Depending on the nature of the conduct and the sanction(s) imposed, the reporting party may or may not be informed of the sanction issued to the responding party in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), 20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99.

Title IX and Sexual Misconduct complaints, including investigative files, documentation of proceedings, and related incident reports, will be held as a student educational record by the Title IX Coordinator’s Office. Student educational records are defined as those records, files, documents, and other materials that contain information directly related to a student and are maintained by the Sacred Heart University or by a person acting for the University pursuant to University policy. More information on the University policy regarding student educational records can be found in the Sacred Heart University Student Handbook.

For additional information, individuals are encouraged to review the full Title IX Policy on Sexual Misconduct.