(3 MAIN OPTIONS)
If a sexual offense occurs involving an Elon University student, on or off-campus, and the university is informed, there are three options for the university and the survivor to pursue. The university prefers to investigate all allegations of sexual misconduct, thus allowing us to pursue and maintain a close and safe community where all members are respected and appreciated. This is always done with the survivor’s support and assistance; we will not investigate any allegation without the consent and approval of the survivor. We want the student to be in a position of authority and power over the incident that took place.
1.The survivor wishes to pursue BOTH criminal and university charges.
If you decide to pursue both criminal and university charges then Elon University will support your decision and will support you as possible.
If you go to the hospital for medical support you will have the option to speak to a police officer and report at that time. If you choose to report later, you may call 336-584-1301 between 8-5 to file a report. Both the Town of Elon Police and the Elon University Campus Police both have as their policy to not release the name of the survivor to anyone except the District Attorney’s Office.
Please note the Office of Student Conduct is a university judicial program, not a criminal entity. Thus, it will conduct its own investigation. Information will be gathered to determine whether university judicial charges will be pursued. If charges are assigned, the judicial process as outlined in the Student Handbook will be followed. Every precaution will be taken to insure your identity is not shared. Survivors are not required to attend university judicial proceedings but are welcome to attend.
2. The survivor wishes to pursue ONLY university charges.
In this situation, the university will support your decision and will support you as possible. The Office of Student Conduct will request any information from the survivor and the local police agencies if such exists. Every precaution will be taken to insure the identity of the survivor is protected and not shared.
Because it is a university judicial program and not a criminal entity, the Office of Student Conduct will conduct its own investigation. Information will be gathered to determine whether university judicial charges will be pursued. If charges are assigned, the judicial process as outlined in the Student Handbook will be followed. Survivors are not required to attend university judicial proceedings but are welcome to attend.
3. The survivor wishes to pursue ONLY criminal charges.
If the university is made aware of the situation it will attempt to support and honor the request(s) of the survivor during the criminal process. If a student does not inform the university about the incident or does not wish for any support, the university will not get involved.
The Office of Student Conduct will support law enforcement as requested and appropriate. University student conduct records are protected by the Family Educational Rights to Privacy Act (FERPA) and will not be shared with any legal offices or entities without a Court subpoena.