Rights and Options

  • The alleged victim and the respondent have the right to be treated with respect, dignity, and sensitivity throughout the process.
  • Students, faculty or staff who are parties to a complaint have a right to a prompt, thorough, equitable and fair review process.
  • The alleged victim and the respondent have the right to be informed of campus and community support services such as counseling, health, advocacy, legal assistance and other services.
  • The alleged victim and the respondent have a right to select an advisor/advocate of his/her choice and to have that person available for support during the student conduct proceeding. However, the advisor/advocate shall be present solely for support and consultation, and shall not be permitted to speak on behalf of the student.
  • Students, faculty or staff who are parties to a complaint have a right to have the complaint reviewed through a process which is administered by persons who receive annual training regarding how to conduct an impartial investigation and review that protects the safety of the alleged victim and assures fairness and due process to the respondent.
  • The alleged victim and the respondent have the right to be informed of and receive a copy of the grievance process.
  • If a grievance is filed, the alleged victim and respondent have a right to a copy of all available evidence including documents, statements or printed evidence before the hearing.
  • The alleged victim and the respondent will have the right to review his/her own statement and to make written comments regarding what has been recorded. An addendum may be added to the report prior to sending the file to the Title IX Coordinator for processing.
  • The alleged victim and respondent have a right to present any relevant evidence on his/her behalf including witnesses, written/electronic statements and documentation. Each party will provide the names and contact information for their witnesses. Reasonable attempts will be made to contact the witnesses.
  • The alleged victim and the respondent have the right to receive written or electronic notice of any meeting or hearing they are required to or are eligible to attend.
  • The alleged victim and the respondent have the right to ask questions of the Title IX Coordinator and via the decision maker indirectly request responses from other parties and any other witnesses present.
  • The alleged victim and the respondent have the right to make an impact statement prior to the hearing panel issuing any sanction(s).
  • The alleged victim and respondent have the right to be simultaneously informed in writing of the outcome of the disciplinary proceeding including any sanction(s). Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) does not prohibit the alleged victim from receiving information about the outcome of the disciplinary proceedings including any sanction(s). Faculty or staff found responsible for sexual violence, dating violence, or stalking will be subject to discipline up to and including written reprimand, suspension, demotion or termination.
  • A student who reports having been under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time he or she was sexually assaulted may be granted amnesty from University alcohol and drug related sanctions. Generally, the admission of alcohol or drug use will not adversely affect him/her in the University disciplinary proceedings nor will it be voluntarily reported to law enforcement. However, students may be referred to University of West Georgia Counseling Center for a drug and alcohol assessment and education. In cases where repeated violations of the University drug and alcohol policy are at issue, the Title IX Coordinator reserves the right to take judicial action on a case by case basis. The amnesty policy does not provide protection from legal charges which a student may be facing because of his/her involvement with illegal drugs or alcohol.
  • The alleged victim and respondent may have the right to appeal a decision.
  • The alleged victim, the respondent, and other persons who are in any way involved in the grievance process have a right to be free from retaliation, intimidation, threats and coercion which may be committed by any party, anyone acting on behalf of any party or on behalf of the University.
  • The respondent has the right to have unrelated charges and cases investigated separately, but he/she may consent to having the charges aggregated.
  • During the investigation and adjudication of the matter, the respondent has a right to remain silent with any adverse inference resulting. However, if the respondent chooses to remain silent, the investigation and adjudication may ultimately still proceed.
  • The parties have the right to be informed in advance of any public release of information regarding the incident. Further, the parties have the right not to have any personally identifiable information released to the public without his/her consent.
  • The parties have a right to regular updates on the status of the investigation and/or resolution.
  • The parties have a right to the preservation of privacy to the extent permissible by law.
  • The parties have the right to request recusal of any person involved in the investigation or adjudication of the complaint on the basis of bias.
  • The alleged victim has the right to provide evidence by means other than being in the room with the responding party.

Resources

Confidential Resources (Privileged Employees)

Health Services: Services for those impacted by sexual assault are free and confidential. Services include medical treatment, forensic exam, medications and advocacy.
678-839-6452
Counseling Center: Provides Confidential Counseling with licensed therapists.
678-839-6428
UWG Patient Advocates
Jill Hendricks
678-839-0641
Corey Hindman
678-839-5338

Other Campus Resources (Responsible Employees)

All other faculty and Staff not listed above as privileged/confidential are responsible employees at UWG and must fully report complaints or information regarding sexual misconduct to the Title IX Coordinator.
University Police
678-839-6000
(To report incident or to reach other offices after hours)

Title IX Coordinator
Claudia Lyerly
Aycock Hall
678-839-2981

Off Campus Resources

West Georgia Prevention & Advocacy Resource Center:
770-834-7273

This is a 24 hour hotline that provides crisis intervention and advocacy.