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Rights Associated with Incidents of Interpersonal Violence

General Rights

  • Victims have the right to report to law enforcement and to be assisted by UW-Stevens Point campus authorities in so doing.
  • Victims have the right to decline to report to law enforcement.
  • Victims have the right to report the crime to UW-Stevens Point and are encouraged to report to the offices designated to receive complaints: Office of the Dean of Students and the Title IX Coordinator.
  • Victims have the right to an advocate or support person of their choosing. CAPS Services Sexual Assault Victim Services provides free and confidential victim advocacy services. To contact a SAVS advocate directly, call 715-343-7179. Advocates cannot serve as witnesses.
  • Victims have the right to be notified, in writing, of existing resources for counseling, mental health, health, victim advocacy, legal assistance, visa and immigration assistance, student financial aid, and other services available both on and off campus.
  • Victims shall be notified of options for, and available assistance in, changing academic, living, transportation, and working situations or protective measures, if so requested by the victim and such accommodations are reasonably available, regardless of whether the victim chooses to report the crime to campus police or local law enforcement. Victims have the right to request confidentiality from the accused. 
  • Victims have the right to be free from retaliation.
  • Victims have the right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice and/or the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/complaintintro.html

Rights when a survivor reports to a Wisconsin Law Enforcement Agency

  • All victims of crime in Wisconsin who report to law enforcement are entitled to crime victim rights outlined in Chapter 950 of the Wisconsin Statute. These rights include: the right to be treated with fairness, dignity, and respect for his or her privacy by public officials, employees, or agencies; the right to have his or her interest considered when the court is deciding whether to grant a continuance in the case; the right to be provided with appropriate intercession services to ensure that employers of victims will cooperate with the criminal justice process in order to minimize an employee's loss of pay and other benefits resulting from court appearances; and the right to have the opportunity to consult with the prosecution in a case brought in a court of criminal jurisdiction.
  • Crime victims in the state of Wisconsin have the right to apply for Crime Victim Compensation, which helps pay for unreimbursed expenses that are the result of crimes causing personal injury or death, including lost wages, counseling, medical costs, and replacement of property held as evidence.

Rights when seeking Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Services

  • Victims may obtain a sexual assault medical forensic examination without incurring full out of pocket costs for that exam regardless of their decision to report to law enforcement. In Stevens Point, this exam can be obtained from Ministry Saint Michael’s Hospital Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner program; if you seek additional medical attention, other hospital charges may be applied.
  • Victims of sexual assault who seek emergency services at a hospital have the right to be provided with the option to receive emergency contraception at the hospital per Wisconsin Statute 50.375.

Rights when alcohol is involved

  • Per Wisconsin’s Sexual Assault Victim Amnesty Law, victims or bystanders who are under the legal drinking age and requesting emergency assistance in connection with the crime of sexual assault may receive amnesty from certain UWSP sanctions and underage drinking violations.

Rights in the student disciplinary process

UW-Stevens Point uses Chapter UWSP 17 for campus student disciplinary proceedings of sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking. *Complainant is the person alleging the misconduct; **Respondent is the student accused of misconduct.
  • The right to have options for offering victim testimony in a campus disciplinary hearing, including via phone or with a room partition. The right to have questions in a disciplinary hearing posed through an advisor or the hearing committee.
  • The right to have disciplinary proceedings that provide a prompt, fair, and impartial investigation and resolution.
  • The same opportunity to have and advocate/support person present throughout disciplinary proceedings as the accused, including the opportunity to be accompanied to any related meeting or proceeding by an advisor of their choice.
  • The complainant and the respondent have an equal opportunity to participate in the investigation and any subsequent hearing.
  • Disciplinary proceedings that are conducted by hearing committee or individual hearingexaminer who receive annual training on the issues related to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking and how to conduct an investigation and hearing process that protects the safety of victims and promotes accountability. 
  • Both parties shall be simultaneously informed, in writing, of the outcome of any disciplinary proceeding; UW-Stevens Point’s procedures for the accused and the victim to appeal the results of the proceeding; of any change to the results that occurs prior to the time that such results become final; and of when such results become final. At no time can a victim be required to keep the outcome confidential, or be prohibited from discussing the case.
  • The complainant shall have the same rights to appeal as the respondent.
  • The right to know the range of sanctions the institution can impose on a student respondent.
  • If you choose to participate in a UW-Stevens Point disciplinary proceeding, the following sanctions, in accordance with UWS 17.10, may be imposed following a final determination of responsibility for sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and/or stalking: written reprimand, denial of specified university privileges, payment of restitution, educational or service sanctions (including community service), disciplinary probation, imposition of reasonable terms and conditions on continued student status, removal from a course in progress, enrollment restrictions on a course or program, suspension and/or expulsion.

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