All Hobart and William Smith students have the right to:

  • Make a report (or decline to report) to local law enforcement and/or state police;
  • Have disclosures of Sexual Assault, Intimate Partner Violence, Stalking and all other forms Prohibited Conduct treated seriously;
  • Make a decision about whether or not to disclose a crime or violation and participate in the complaint resolution process and/or criminal justice process free from pressure by the institution;
  • Participate in a process that is fair, impartial, and provides adequate notice and a meaningful opportunity to be heard;
  • Be treated with dignity and to receive from the Colleges courteous, fair, and respectful health care and counseling services, where available;
  • Be free from any suggestion that the Complainant is at fault when these crimes and violations are committed, or should have acted in a different manner to avoid such crimes or violations;
  • Describe the incident to as few HWS representatives as practicable and not be required to unnecessarily repeat a description of the incident;
  • Be protected from retaliation by the Colleges, any student, the Respondent, and/or their friends, family and acquaintances within the jurisdiction of the HWS;
  • Access to at least one level of appeal of a determination;
  • Be accompanied by an advisor of choice who may assist and advise a Complainant or a Respondent during any meetings and hearings under this Policy and procedures; and
  • Exercise civil rights and practice of religion without interference by the investigative, criminal justice, or complaint resolution process of the Colleges.

(1) New York State law requires colleges and universities to adopt and make part of this Policy the Student Bill of Rights.

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