Sexual Assault Victim's Bill of Rights
Victims are afforded rights by the federal government, the
state, and the institution. All students have the right to emotional and
Federal law entitles sexual assault victims to the
The accuser and the accused have the same
opportunity to have others present throughout disciplinary proceedings.
Both parties shall be informed of the outcome
of any disciplinary proceeding. At no time can a victim be required to
keep the outcome confidential.
Victims shall be informed of their options to
notify law enforcement.
Victims shall be notified of counseling
services available on- and off-campus.
Victims shall be notified of options for
changing academic and living situations.
Victims may obtain a free forensic exam from a St. Michaels Hospital Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner without filing a police
report or involving the police in any way. Other hospital charges may
apply; please ask.
Wisconsin State Law outlines the following:
University of Wisconsin System Chapter 17
outlines the campus disciplinary process. Students have the right to know
the range of sanctions the institution can impose on the accused [UWS
17.10(1)], which include the following: written reprimand; denial of
specified university privileges; imposition of reasonable terms and
conditions on continued student status; restitution; removal of the
student from the course in progress; disciplinary probation; suspension;
and expulsion. Full text of this UWS 17 may be found online here: http://www.legis.state.wi.us/rsb/code/uws/uws017.pdf
Victims have the right to know that any
disclosure of a sexual assault made to a university employee can result in
a report as an annual crime statistic (with victim's name withheld).
Students have a right to privacy and
confidentiality. In general, campus and community offices must have a
waiver signed by the student in order to share information among one
another or with any third party, including parents.
Students have the right to receive sexual
assault education and information on an annual basis.
Additionally, the institution is committed to
ensuring that victims are afforded the following:
The right to a victim advocate of their
choosing. (For additional information and resources about victim advocacy,
contact Sexual Assault Victim Services (SAVS): 715-343-7125.)
The right to access STI testing and treatment,
emergency contraception, and pregnancy testing.
The right to be informed of and have access to
medical, mental health, crisis response, legal, forensic, campus
disciplinary, and/or victim advocacy services.
Law enforcement officers are not required to
issue a minor-in-possession violation to underage victims who were
drinking alcohol on the occasion of the assault.
In a campus disciplinary hearing, victims have a
variety of options for how they offer their testimony, including video
conference, phone, or with room partition.