Rights and Responsibilities
California University works to achieve its mission of Building Character and Careers by fostering an environment that encourages learning, both in and out of the classroom. The adoption of the Core Values of Civility, Integrity, and Responsibility is an effort to achieve an educationally-supportive environment by your voluntary commitment to live by these values. In addition to the Core Values, the University has adopted a bill of Rights and Responsibilities for members of the university community that describes the commitments we should make with each other as members of the University Community and the Victim's Bill of Rights afforded to sexual assault victims.
Rights and Responsibilities
We have the right to safety and security;
We have the responsibility to ensure the safety and security of others.
We have the right to be treated with respect;
We have the responsibility to treat others with respect.
We have the right to expect the best;
We have the responsibility to give our best.
We have the right to be treated fairly;
We have the responsibility to treat others fairly.
Campus Sexual Assault Victim's Bill of Rights
Human Dignity Rights:
- The right to be treated with respect by University Officials;
- The right to preservation of privacy, to the extent possible and allowed by law;
- The right to be informed in advance of any public release of information regarding the complaint if possible;
- The right not to have released to the public any personally identifiable information, without his or her consent;
- The right not to be discouraged by University officials from reporting sexual misconduct offenses to both on-campus and off-campus authorities; and
- The right to have complaints of sexual misconduct responded to quickly and with sensitivity by campus law enforcement.
Rights to Resources On and Off Campus:
- The right to be notified of available counseling, mental health or student services for victims of sexual misconduct offenses, both on campus and in the community; and
- The right to bring a victim advocate or adviser to all phases of the investigation and campus conduct proceeding.
Campus Judicial Rights:
- The right to a campus no-contact order against another student who has engaged in or threatens to engage in stalking, threatening, harassing or other improper behavior that presents a danger to the welfare of the complaining student or others;
- The right to have complaints heard by conduct and appeals officers who have received annual sexual misconduct training;
- The right to a conduct panel comprised of representatives of both genders;
- The right not to have any complaint on non-consensual sexual intercourse mediated (as opposed to adjudicated);
- The right of both Complainant and Respondent to have the same opportunity to have others present (in support or advisory roles) during a campus disciplinary hearing;
- The right to be fully informed of campus conduct rules and procedures, as well as the nature and extent of all alleged violations contained within the complaint;
- The right to have University policies and procedures followed without material deviation;
- The right to be informed of the names of all witnesses who will be called to give testimony, usually within 48 hours of the hearing, except in cases where a witness's identity will not be revealed to the Respondent for compelling safety reasons (this does not include the name of the alleged victim/Complainant, which will always be revealed);
- The right to review all documentary evidence available regarding the complaint, subject to the privacy limitations imposed by state and federal law, at least 48 hours prior to the hearing;
- The right to investigation and appropriate resolution of all credible complaints of sexual misconduct made in good faith to University Administrators;
- The right to a hearing closed to the public;
- The right to petition that any member of the conduct body be removed on the basis of demonstrated bias;
- The right to ask the investigator(s) to identify and question relevant witnesses, including expert witnesses;
- The right to have the University request the presence of student, faculty and staff witnesses, and the opportunity (if desired) to ask questions, directly or indirectly, of witnesses (including respondent) and the right to challenge documentary evidence;
- The right not to have irrelevant prior sexual history admitted as evidence in a campus hearing;
- The right to give testimony in a campus hearing by means other than being in the same room with the Respondent;
- The right to be present for all testimony given and evidence presented before the conduct body;
- The right to make a victim-impact statement at the campus conduct proceeding and to have that statement considered by the board in determining its sanction;
- The right to be informed of the outcome and sanction of any disciplinary hearing involving a sexual misconduct offense, usually within 48 hours of the end of the conduct hearing; and
- The right to appeal the (finding and) sanction of the conduct body, in accordance with the standards for appeal established by the institution.
- The right to be informed by University Officials of options to notify proper law enforcement authorities, including on-campus and local police, and the option to be assisted by campus authorities in notifying such authorities, if the student chooses. This also includes the right not to report, if this is the victim's desire.
Campus Intervention Rights:
- The right to notification of and options for, and available assistance in, changing academic and living situations after an alleged incident, if so requested by the victim and if such changes are reasonably available, (No formal complaint, or investigation, campus or criminal, need occur before this option is available.) Accommodations may include:
Change of an on-campus student's housing to a different on-campus location if space is available;
Assistance from University support staff in completing the relocation;
Arranging to dissolve a housing contract and pro-rating a refund;
Exam (paper, assignment) rescheduling;
Taking an incomplete in a class;
Transferring class sections; and
Temporary withdrawal; and/or alternative course completion options.