Sexual Misconduct Policy Response Procedures
An individual who believes he/she is the victim of sexual misconduct may pursue any and all of the following responses:
- On-campus address, if the alleged perpetrator is a member of the Lynchburg College community;
- Pursuit of criminal charges through the local court system; and/or
- Pursuit of civil charges for monetary damage.
The College's response to a report of possible violation of the Sexual Misconduct Policy is based on multiple critical considerations, including:
- The safety of the complainant and of other campus community members;
- Medical concerns of the complainant;
- Counseling needs of both the complainant and the alleged perpetrator;
- The complainant's preferences regarding procedural options both on and off campus;
- The rights of both the complainant and the alleged perpetrator; and
- The welfare of the campus community as a whole.
When a student reports having been subjected to sexual misconduct to Campus Safety and Security, the Title IX Coordinator, or the Office of the Dean of Students, he/she is informed of available support services including medical, police, judicial, and counseling assistance offered on and off campus. If the complainant wants legal advice about criminal and/or civil charges, he/she is referred to the Office of the Commonwealth's Attorney (see Sexual Misconduct Policy Resources).
If the complainant voluntarily requests to address reported sexual misconduct through mediation or establishment of a behavioral contract with the alleged student-perpetrator, the Office of the Dean of Students will arrange for and/or provide these remedies. If the mediation or behavioral contract is deemed by the complainant to be unsuccessful in resolving the complaint, then the complainant may subsequently seek address of the reported sexual misconduct through the student disciplinary process. (NOTE: Mediation and behavioral contract are not available for address of possible A-level sexual misconduct.)
Because Lynchburg College is concerned with the interests and welfare of both the complainant and of the campus community as a whole, the College may elect to address reported sexual misconduct on campus and/or through criminal processes off campus, even if the complainant elects not to pursue these options.
Upon receipt of a report of possible sexual misconduct, the College may take interim action in efforts to prevent sexual misconduct and/or in efforts to remedy effects of the reported sexual misconduct; such interim action may impact the alleged perpetrator prior to completion of disciplinary proceedings. Upon request, the College will change academic schedules and living arrangements for a student-complainant, when reasonably available. Options could include re-assignment to a different section of a course and/or to another on-campus residential facility. The College will endeavor to identify additional options to respond to the complainant's specific request and circumstances.