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The impact of sexual violence on a student, as well as on the larger academic community, can be severe and long lasting.  When a sexual assault occurs, whether on- or off-campus, New Jersey law requires institutions of higher education to accord the following rights to students.

  • the right to have any allegations of sexual assault treated seriously;
  • the right to be treated with dignity;
  • the right to be notified of existing medical, counseling, mental health or student services, both on campus and in the community;
  • the right to be free from any suggestion that  a person who has been assaulted is responsible for the assault;
  • the right to have any allegation of sexual assault investigated and adjudicated;
  • the right to receive the full and prompt cooperation and assistance of campus personnel in notifying law enforcement authorities;
  • the right to receive full, prompt and victim-sensitive cooperation of campus personnel with regard to obtaining, securing and maintaining evidence, including a medical examination when it is necessary to preserve evidence of the assault.
  • the right to be afforded the same support allowed an accused in a disciplinary proceeding;
  • the right to be notified of the outcome of a  sexual assault disciplinary consistent with the requirements of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA); and
  • the right to require campus personnel to take reasonable and necessary actions to prevent further unwanted contact by any alleged assailant;
  • the right to be notified of  and assisted in changing academic and living situations if such changes are reasonably available;
  • the right to be free from any suggestion that a crime must be reported in order to be assured of any protection under this Bill of Rights;
  • the right to be free of any pressure:
    • to report a crime if she/he does not wish to do so,
    • to report crimes as a lesser offense than perceived,
    •  to refrain from reporting crimes, or
    • to refrain from reporting crimes to avoid unwanted personal publicity.
    • the right to have access to campus counseling under the same terms and conditions as any other student seeking counseling;
    • the right to be informed of, and assisted,  in exercising:
      • any rights to confidential or anonymous testing for sexually transmitted diseases, human immunodeficiency virus, and/or pregnancy,
      • any rights that may be provided by law to compel and disclose the results of testing of sexual assault suspects for communicable diseases.
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