Campus Sexual Misconduct: Judicial Procedures

How does the process begin?
Who accuses the student in an institutional hearing—the institution or the alleged victim?
What about informing the accused/accuser of the outcome of a hearing?
What are the options of redress available to a victim of sexual assault/sexual misconduct?


  • How does the process begin?

    An action may be initiated on the basis of a reasonable belief that a violation of the Code of Student Conduct has occurred. The “reasonable belief” might be established by a written or oral complaint from the aggrieved party, who may, or may not, be a student at Hampden-Sydney, or from another party on behalf of the aggrieved party.

  • Who accuses the student in an institutional hearing—the institution or the alleged victim?

    A disciplinary proceeding can be handled either way. The institution or the alleged victim may request that charges be brought.

  • What about informing the accused/accuser of the outcome of a hearing?

    Federal law permits both students/parties involved in a campus judicial hearing on sexual misconduct to be informed of the outcome of the hearing. Hampden-Sydney’s policy is to inform both students/parties involved.

  • What are the options of redress available to a victim of sexual assault/sexual misconduct?

    The College encourages the complaining party in sexual assault/sexual misconduct cases to pursue appropriate remedies within our College system and in the state judicial system. These remedies include:

    1. A request for a hearing before the Student Court. The accused must have been, and be, enrolled as a student, both at the time of the alleged misconduct and when a hearing is requested.
    2. The complaining party may report the incident to the Commonwealth’s Attorney, who will consider the case and decide whether to prosecute. In this option the state accuses the alleged perpetrator, and the complaining party may serve as a witness for the state.
    3. The complaining party may in civil court sue the accused for monetary damages.