Designated University administrators are authorized to issue a “No Contact Order” (NCO), also called a Stay Away, prohibiting contact between parties when there exists a reasonable concern that physical or psychological harm may result from such contact. In sexual misconduct cases that involve sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating and domestic violence, and stalking, any Title IX Coordinator should be contacted and will assist you in determining if any immediate action is needed such as an interim action, such as a temporary suspension, or no contact order.

Both the “Reporting Party” (alleged victim) and the “Responding Party” (alleged offender) may request a Title IX Coordinator to invoke a NCO. The Coordinator will entertain the request and decide on the merits of the request. A NCO requires that both parties refrain from contacting the other party through any means (e.g. fact-to- face, in writing, through friends or other persons, electronically). A NCO will stay in effect until such time as both parties are officially notified in writing that the NCO has been terminated. Violations of the NCO will be considered a form of retaliation (see below).

Note: If neither party requests a NCO, the Title IX Coordinator reserves the right to invoke a NCO if the Coordinator feels that it is in the best interest of either party or the University community as a whole.

Retaliation: Retaliation against an individual for alleging harassment or discrimination, supporting a reporting party or for assisting in providing information relevant to a claim of harassment or discrimination is a serious violation of University policy and will be treated as an instance of harassment or discrimination. Acts of alleged retaliation should be reported immediately to the Title IX Coordinator and will be promptly investigated. The University will take all appropriate actions to protect individuals who fear that they may be subjected to retaliation.