Victim Rights

An individual who is harmed by a violent act committed by a student in violation of the code of student conduct may receive special consideration within the student judicial process. Acts of violence include, but are not limited to:

  • Sexual assault
  • Relationship violence
  • Physical assault
  • Stalking and harassment with threats of violence

In all cases processed through the student judicial system, the accuser and the accused are entitled to the same opportunities to have others present during a disciplinary proceeding; both the accuser and the accused shall be informed of the outcome of the disciplinary proceeding.

For more information about the rights of the victims, rights of the accused and the student judicial process, please call the Office of Judicial Affairs 762-9881 or the schools Title IX Coordinator.

Victims are given options concerning how or whether to proceed with an alleged incident of violence within the student judicial process. The Campus Judicial Board has the authority to proceed with judicial action without the victim’s consent in order to protect the safety and well-being of the campus community.

Allegations of criminal sexual conduct committed by or against members of the Kettering University community on campus, or at Kettering University sponsored events, shall be handled through disciplinary or other Kettering University procedures applicable to the status of the person accused. Such persons may also be subject to criminal prosecution or other legal action in the courts.

Persons found to have committed criminal sexual conduct, including acquaintance rape on campus, at Kettering University sponsored events, or against members of the University community, may receive sanctions, up to and including termination of employment or expulsion from the University.

In investigating and hearing cases of alleged sexual assault:

I. The accuser and the accused shall be entitled to the same opportunities to have others present during a campus disciplinary proceeding; and

II. Both the accuser and the accused shall be informed of the outcome of any campus disciplinary proceedings.

III. “Sexual Penetration” means “sexual intercourse, cunnilingus, fellation, anal intercourse or any other intrusion, however slight, of any part of a person’s body or of any object into the genital or anal opening of another person’s body.”

IV. “Sexual Contact” means “intentional touching of the survivor’s intimate parts or the clothing covering them for purposes reasonably connected with sexual arousal or gratification.” “Intimate parts include the primary genital area, groin, inner thigh, buttocks and breast.”