Sexual Assault Victims' Bill of Rights
Binghamton University is committed to ensuring that any student who is the victim of a sexual assault receives fair, prompt and respectful assistance from all University personnel.
This Bill of Rights helps establish University practices and processes for victims of sexual assault, stalking, intimate or domestic violence and ensures appropriate and compassionate treatment. Those wishing clarification or more information regarding their rights outlined herein may contact the Dean of Students Office at 607-777-4789 or the Binghamton University Student Handbook.
Victims shall have the right:
- To be treated with dignity and respect by all University personnel.
- To receive assistance in a timely manner from University personnel in reporting the assault, intimate violence or stalking incident.
- To receive prompt victim-sensitive assistance from University personnel regarding evidence collection and medical examinations.
- To have reported sexual assaults duly investigated by appropriate campus authorities.
- To be free from pressure that might discourage reporting a sexual assault or lead to reporting a sexual assault as a lesser offense.
- To have access to campus medical and counseling services under the same terms and conditions that apply to other students seeking such services.
- To be informed of and assisted in exercising any rights to confidential or anonymous testing for sexually transmitted diseases, HIV and/or pregnancy.
- To be notified of campus and community victim services whether or not a police or other report is filed.
- To be accompanied by a person of their choice (family member, friend, victim advocate) during questioning and interviews by University authorities. (Please refer to campus judicial hearing guidelines).
- To have the University take reasonable steps to prevent intimidation and unwanted contact with the accused, including notifying victims of options for changing academic and living situations and assisting victims in pursuing those options.
- To have all administrative and logistical needs pertaining to the gathering of information, scheduling of hearings, etc., handled with sensitivity and compassion.
- To be informed about the campus judicial process and to be notified of the case progress and final disposition.
- To be afforded the same right as the accused to assistance and advisement regarding the campus judicial system.
- To have a secure, but not necessarily separate, waiting area during campus judicial proceedings.
- To have the same right as the accused to have others present in campus proceedings.
- To deliver a victim-impact statement at an appropriate point in the campus judicial proceedings.