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