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Discrimination and Harassment

What should I do if I feel I have experienced discrimination?

Any University community member who believes they have experienced any form of discrimination in violation of AR 6:1 Discrimination and Harassment Policy may seek information and advice by contacting Institutional Equity. Anyone experiencing discrimination at the University is encouraged to file a complaint with Institutional Equity.

Who may make a complaint of discrimination or harassment?

Any University community member may report complaints of harassment or discrimination. University community members include faculty, staff, students, vendors, customers, fans, visitors, patients, etc.

How do I file a complaint?

Individuals who have experienced discrimination or harassment may initiate a complaint by contacting Institutional Equity. At that time, Institutional Equity makes every effort to address a Complainant’s concerns, some of which may include personal safety, workplace climate, retaliation, counseling needs, etc. Each situation is unique and is addressed as such. Institutional Equity is responsible for providing information, advice, and prompt and equitable resolution to discrimination complaints.

An individual can initiate a complaint by talking to any dean, director, department head, manager, supervisor, faculty member, or other persons with supervisory responsibility who are required to help resolve matters of possible discrimination by contacting Institutional Equity.

Must sexual harassment and other discrimination complaints be made in writing?

No. You can make a complaint by speaking to a representative in Institutional Equity. However, the Institutional Equity representative may request that you prepare a written statement stating the complaint’s particulars.

If an investigation ensues, representatives of Institutional Equity will conduct interviews and document the interviewees’ statements. Afterward, the representative may ask the parties to review the notes and verify the accuracy of their statements.

Are discrimination and harassment complaints kept confidential?

It is not possible to guarantee absolute confidentiality or anonymity. Institutional Equity respects the privacy of persons who make complaints of discrimination and harassment and exercises discretion. Institutional Equity observes the privacy of each party involved in an investigation, complaint, or report to the extent that it does not interfere with the University’s ability to investigate the allegations or take corrective action. Due process requires that the accused knows the allegations, who made them and is allowed to respond to them and offer a defense before any disciplinary action occurs.

Can I anonymously report discrimination and harassment?

Because allegations of discrimination and harassment under AR 6:1 Discrimination and Harassment Policy are considered serious and could result in corrective action, anonymity is not permitted. However, Institutional Equity respects the privacy of persons who make complaints of discrimination and harassment and exercises discretion. Disciplinary action may not occur based on an anonymous complaint unless the complaint can be corroborated through an investigation.

Individuals may anonymously make allegations of sexual harassment that fall within Interim AR 6:2 Policy and Procedures for Addressing and Resolving Allegations of Sexual Harassment Under Title IX and Other Forms of Sexual Misconduct. However, doing so limits the University’s ability to investigate and determine an appropriate response.

What can I expect if I make a complaint of harassment?

The University takes complaints seriously and works to investigate them promptly and fairly.

The following sets forth how complaints of sexual harassment that fall within AR 6:1 Discrimination and Harassment Policy are resolved: By reporting the incident and requesting action, you are asking the University to initiate an investigation. Institutional Equity will observe due process during the investigation of a complaint. There will be reasonable efforts to interview the alleged victim, the Respondent, and other persons believed to have pertinent factual knowledge. At all times during the investigation (and upon its conclusion), Institutional Equity will take steps to ensure confidentiality to the greatest extent possible. Upon completing the investigation, Institutional Equity will make recommendations to the appropriate administrative official(s). If there is evidence to suggest a policy violation, Institutional Equity may recommend disciplinary action up to and including dismissal.

To learn about how complaints that fall within Interim AR 6:2 Policy and Procedures for Addressing and Resolving Allegations of Sexual Harassment Under Title IX and Other Forms of Sexual Misconduct are resolved, click here.

How does the University determine what a hostile environment is?

A hostile environment exists when unwelcome behavior is sufficiently severe or pervasive to alter the condition of the work or learning environment. The conduct in question is evaluated from the objective standpoint of a reasonable person in similar or like circumstances. The same evaluation is used to assess allegations in employment and academic settings.

There are many factors considered when determining whether the behavior has the effect of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment. Every situation is unique and is evaluated as such. Consequently, the circumstances as a whole are weighed to conclude whether a hostile environment exists. The frequency of the alleged conduct, its severity, and the context in which it occurred are all considered.

How does the University determine if sexual harassment has occurred?

In determining whether conduct constitutes sexual harassment in violation of AR 6:1 Discrimination and Harassment Policy, University officials look at the record as a whole and the totality of the circumstances, such as the nature of the sexual behavior and the context in which the incident(s) occurred. The determination is made from the facts on a case-by-case basis.

To learn more about how allegations of behavior that violate Interim AR 6:2 Policy and Procedures for Addressing and Resolving Allegations of Sexual Harassment Under Title IX and Other Forms of Sexual Misconduct are resolved, see the Sexual Harassment Under Title IX and Sexual Misconduct FAQs.

 

How does the University determine if other forms of discrimination or harassment occurred?

Findings of harassment and other forms of discrimination depend upon the totality of the circumstances (the nature, frequency, and severity of the alleged conduct and the context in which the alleged conduct occurred). Examining all facts regarding the complaint determines if the alleged conduct resulted in different treatment or created a hostile or offensive environment.

Is there a time limit in filing a complaint of discrimination?

There is no time limit for bringing a complaint of discrimination; however, it may be difficult to substantiate any allegations after significant time has passed. Therefore, prompt reporting of complaints is strongly encouraged.

What if I feel mistreated for making a complaint or participating in an investigation?

Each member of the University community has the right to raise the issue of discrimination and make a good-faith complaint without fear of reprisal. University regulations strictly prohibit retaliation, and retaliation is a serious offense. A finding of retaliation may exist even without a finding of discrimination.

We make every effort to prevent retaliation directed at a person who has filed a complaint or participated in an investigation. However, if someone is found responsible for engaging in or attempting any form of retaliation, they will be subject to disciplinary action, including termination or expulsion. A finding of retaliation can occur without a finding of discrimination.

What will happen to a person who is determined to be responsible for discrimination?

Any member of the University community who engages in any form of discrimination shall be subject to disciplinary action and appropriate sanctions up to and including termination or expulsion.

Can I bring a friend or someone I trust with me when making a report of discrimination or harassment?

Yes, a Complainant may choose an individual to accompany them at any time during the process.

In allegations of Sexual Misconduct, Complainants and Respondents may each bring two individuals with them in any or all stages of the process.

What should I do if I witness or hear about discriminatory behavior involving another person?

Each dean, director, department head, manager, supervisor, faculty member, or other persons with supervisory responsibility is required to help resolve matters regarding possible discrimination by contacting Institutional Equity for assistance. Other University community members who become aware of allegations of discrimination should encourage the aggrieved individual to report the alleged discrimination to the appropriate official above or Institutional Equity.

All University community members are required to cooperate in the investigation of discrimination complaints.

What should I do if I feel I have experienced some form of discrimination?

Acts of discrimination or harassment inhibit members of the University community from productively fulfilling their charge at the University. If you feel that you have been harassed or discriminated against, contact Institutional Equity at (859) 257-8927 for information and assistance.

Sexual Harrassment under Title IX and Sexual Misconduct

How can I learn about the University’s policy for handling matters of sex discrimination, Sexual Misconduct, and other related conduct?

For general information regarding our policy and procedures related to sex discrimination and Sexual Misconduct, see Interim AR 6:2 Policy and Procedures for Addressing and Resolving Allegations of Sexual Harassment Under Title IX and Other Forms of Sexual Misconduct.

Contact the Interim Title IX Coordinator, Meredith Reeves, for specific questions and guidance.

What is Sexual Harassment under Title IX?

Sexual Harassment under Title IX means conduct on the basis of sex that occurs in the University’s education program or education activity and satisfies one or more of the following:

  1. An employee of the University conditioning the provision of an aid, benefit, or service of the recipient on an individual’s participation in unwelcome sexual conduct. This type of sexual harassment is also referred to as Quid Pro Quo;
  2. Unwelcome conduct determined by a reasonable person to be so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it effectively denies a person equal access to the University’s education program or activity. This type of sexual harassment is also referred to as Hostile Environment; or
  3. “Sexual assault” as defined in 20 USC 1092(f)(6)(A)(v), “dating violence” as defined in 34 USC 12291(a) (10), “domestic violence” as defined in 34 USC 12291(a)(8), or “stalking” as defined in 34 USC 12291(a) (30).

For more information, see Interim AR 6:2 Policy and Procedures for Addressing and Resolving Allegations of Sexual Harassment Under Title IX and Other Forms of Sexual Misconduct.

What is Sexual Misconduct?

Can I make a report of sexual harassment under Title IX or Sexual Misconduct with the University against a student or employee?

Yes. If you believe any member of the University community has engaged in sex-based discrimination or harassment, including Sexual Misconduct, you are encouraged to report the matter to the University so that it can be pursued as a disciplinary case. 

Please be aware that all University employees must share reports they receive from students with the Title IX Coordinator. We encourage open communication between faculty, staff, and students. Still, to ensure the safety of all students, employees are required to share reports regarding sexual misconduct with the Title IX Coordinator. If you are not sure you are required to report behavior, please contact Interim Title IX Coordinator, Meredith Reeves.

If you want to make a confidential report that will not be shared with the Title IX Coordinator, contact the Violence Intervention and Prevention Center (VIP Center), University Counseling Center (UCC), or University Health Service (UHS). Keep in mind that if you discuss a matter for which you are seeking confidential services with an employee outside of the VIP Center, UCC, or UHS, that employee is obligated to make a report to the Title IX Coordinator.

For more information about filing a report, see Interim AR 6:2 Policy and Procedures for Addressing and Resolving Allegations of Sexual Harassment Under Title IX and Other Forms of Sexual Misconduct.

 

Will information about alleged sexual harassment or sexual misconduct be confidential? Who can I speak with confidentially?

The University will always protect the privacy of individuals who are involved in alleged incidents of sexual misconduct or other types of sex discrimination to the greatest extent possible. The University cannot guarantee confidentiality when conducting investigations but does maintain privacy. Privacy means the information will only be shared with other University employees who need to know or as required by law. There are three offices on campus available to University community members that can maintain confidentiality:

  1. Violence Intervention and Prevention Center (VIP Center)
  2. University Counseling Center (UCC)
  3. University Health Service (UHS)

Staff at these three offices are not obligated to share a report with the Title IX Coordinator unless the affected individual asks them to.

For more information about confidentiality, please contact the Interim Title IX Coordinator, Meredith Reeves.

What if I want to remain anonymous?

Anonymous reporting may limit the University’s ability to investigate and address the behavior.

If the Complainant’s identity is made known to the University, but the Complainant asks to remain anonymous during the investigation, the Title IX Coordinator will consider how to proceed. The Title IX Coordinator will consider the Complainant’s articulated concerns; the best interests of the University community; fair treatment of all individuals involved, including the Respondent’s right to have specific notice of the allegations if the University were to take action that affects the Respondent; and the University’s obligations under Title IX.

What is the difference between a report and a Formal Complaint?

A Report is any information provided to Institutional Equity related to behavior that may violate University policy. Anyone can make a report, but only members of the University community (students, employees, patients at UK Healthcare, or visitors) may serve as a Complainant.

A Formal Complaint is a document signed by a Complainant indicating that they experienced behavior that may constitute a violation of Interim AR 6:2 Policy and Procedures for Addressing and Resolving Allegations of Sexual Harassment Under Title IX and Other Forms of Sexual Misconduct and that they would like to file a complaint. Only members of the University community may serve as a Complainant.

How do I make a report?

To make a report, contact the Interim Title IX Coordinator, Meredith Reeves, at (859) 257-8927, or make a report or request an appointment.

Contact the Violence Intervention and Prevention Center (VIP Center) to (confidentially) discuss filing a report. Contacting the VIP Center to discuss filing a report is not a report to the University. The University cannot take disciplinary action based on your communications with the VIP Center.

If you want to make a confidential report that will not be shared with the Title IX Coordinator, contact the VIP Center, University Counseling Center (UCC), or University Health Service (UHS). If you discuss a matter for which you are seeking confidential services with an employee outside of VIP Center, UCC, or UHS, that employee is obligated to make a report to the Title IX Coordinator.

What happens if I make a report?

If you report on behalf of another person: If you make a report through electronic means, you will receive an email from Institutional Equity to confirm receipt of your report. While the University will take appropriate action to address your report, you will not receive updates related to the status of the report.

If you report behavior that you experienced and are a member of the University Community: You will be contacted by Institutional Equity requesting that you schedule a meeting. However, you are not required to schedule an appointment with Institutional Equity. You will also receive information about resources available on campus and in the community. At your meeting, an investigator will talk to you about your rights in the University process, supportive measures available to you, how to file a Formal Complaint if you would like to do so, and answer any questions you may have. You can receive supportive measures without filing a Formal Complaint. Please note the University may be unable to act on your report without first speaking with you to gather additional information and cannot provide supportive measures without speaking with you to determine what measures are appropriate.

If you report behavior that you experienced and are NOT a member of the University Community: You will receive an email from Institutional Equity to confirm receipt of your report. You may receive a request for additional information. However, only University community members may file a Formal Complaint. While the University will take appropriate action to address your report, you will not receive updates related to the status of the report.

How do I file a Formal Complaint?

Only University community members (students, employees, patients, or visitors) may file a Formal Complaint.

To file a Formal Complaint, the Complainant must provide a signed statement of their allegations to Institutional Equity. Complainants may use this form but are not required to do so.

If you need assistance filing a Formal Complaint or have questions about filing a Formal Complaint, please contact Institutional Equity.

What will happen if I file a Formal Complaint with the University alleging Sexual Harassment under Title IX or Sexual Misconduct by a student or employee?

Unless the Title IX Coordinator determines the safety of the University community would be compromised if the University does not engage in a formal complaint process, the Complainant controls what action the University takes on a report of sexual misconduct.

If the Complainant files a Formal Complaint, or if the Title IX Coordinator initiates a Formal Complaint, the Complainant and the Respondent will receive notice from an Investigator.

All individuals involved in the investigative process are protected from retaliation.

How does the investigation process work?

Once a Formal Complaint is received, an Investigator will contact both the Complainant and the Respondent, gather relevant information, and contact witnesses. The Complainant and the Respondent are provided with Supportive Measures as necessary.

Upon completion of the investigation, the Complainant and the Respondent will be provided with a Preliminary Investigative Report and will have ten days to provide additional information. The investigator will consider any other information provided, include it in the final investigative report, and give the final investigative report to the Title IX Coordinator. The Title IX Coordinator will review the final investigative report to determine whether probable cause exists to move the matter forward to a hearing.

If the Title IX Coordinator determines there is no probable cause to move the matter forward, the matter is closed, and the Title IX Coordinator notifies the parties of the outcome and their right to appeal the decision.

If the Title IX Coordinator determines there is probable cause to move the matter forward (to a hearing), the Title IX Coordinator schedules separate pre-hearing meetings with the Complainant and the Respondent. At this time, the Title IX Coordinator provides the Respondent with a recommended resolution. The Respondent has three days to decide whether to accept that recommended resolution and waive their right to a hearing and appeal. If the Respondent accepts the recommended resolution, the matter is closed, and the Title IX Coordinator notifies the parties of the outcome. The Title IX Coordinator will schedule a live hearing if the Respondent refuses to accept the resolution.

The investigation process concludes, and the hearing phase begins when the Title IX Coordinator determines there is no probable cause or when the Respondent accepts or rejects the recommended resolution.

Who do I meet with during meetings?

You will meet with one or two Equal Opportunity Investigators for any meeting. If you do not feel comfortable speaking with the investigator assigned to your complaint, please contact the Interim Title IX Coordinator, Meredith Reeves.

May I bring an adviser to the interview, other meetings, or a live hearing?

The Complainant and the Respondent may each bring two Advisors, one or both of whom may be an attorney, to any interview or meeting connected with the investigation. However, the Advisor may not disrupt the meeting, and individuals serving as witnesses may not also serve as an Advisor. You must complete a FERPA Waiver identifying your Advisor and the type of information you are comfortable with Institutional Equity disclosing if you would like Institutional Equity to discuss your investigation with your Advisor when you are not present.

Only an Advisor who is an attorney may speak on your behalf in a hearing because Kentucky law regards participating in an administrative hearing as the practice of law. If you do not have an attorney, the University will provide you with an attorney for the live hearing.

If I am a party (Complainant or Respondent), may I discuss the case with other people?

Yes. Parties may discuss their case with anyone they wish but are encouraged to be mindful of the privacy of others and mindful that they are not engaging in or encouraging others to engage in retaliatory behaviors.

You are encouraged to seek support from a confidential resource and to discuss the case with an Advisor of your choosing (who may accompany you to interviews and other related meetings but may not disrupt the interview process).

Remember, the investigator will consider interviewing any witness you would like them to interview and will consider collecting any information you feel is necessary. It is unnecessary for you to contact witnesses directly. Further, you are discouraged from contacting witnesses directly because doing so may undermine the integrity of the investigation and may give rise to the real or perceived experience of retaliation, which is also a serious violation of University policy. Instead, provide witness names to the investigator and inform them of any question you would like to ask the witness.

Who decides whether a Respondent violated AR 6:2? How is this decision made?

Three members of the AR 6:2 Hearing Panel use the preponderance of the evidence standard (i.e., more likely than not) during a hearing to determine whether the alleged behavior violates Interim AR 6:2 Policy and Procedures for Addressing and Resolving Allegations of Sexual Harassment Under Title IX and Other Forms of Sexual Misconduct.

For any hearing, the AR 6:2 Hearing Officer randomly selects the AR 6:2 Hearing Panel members from a pool of University faculty and staff trained to serve on AR 6:2 Hearing Panels.

The Title IX Coordinator selects AR 6:2 Hearing officers from a pool of individuals with legal training based on availability. The Respondent and the Complainant can challenge the AR 6:2 Hearing Panel members.

Interim AR 6:2 Policy and Procedures for Addressing and Resolving Allegations of Sexual Harassment Under Title IX and Other Forms of Sexual Misconduct provides additional information regarding pre-hearing and hearing procedures.

 

What if a Respondent may have violated a University policy other than AR 6:2?

The AR 6:2 Hearing Panel addresses only violations of Interim AR 6:2 Policy and Procedures for Addressing and Resolving Allegations of Sexual Harassment Under Title IX and Other Forms of Sexual Misconduct. After the hearing, the Dean of Students Office will adjudicate all other policy violations for students. Outstanding matters for employees are referred to the appropriate administrative officer.

 

If the panel finds an individual responsible for violating Administrative Regulation 6:2, who determines the sanction and how?

The AR 6:2 Hearing Panel reconvenes to consider impact statements from the Complainant and the Respondent, then adjourns to determine an appropriate sanction.

What is the range of possible sanctions?

Please review the Appendix for Interim AR 6:2 Policy and Procedures for Addressing and Resolving Allegations of Sexual Harassment Under Title IX and Other Forms of Sexual Misconduct for more information about the range of sanctions available.

Both Complainants and Respondents may file an appeal. Information regarding the appeals process can be found in Interim AR 6:2 Policy and Procedures for Addressing and Resolving Allegations of Sexual Harassment Under Title IX and Other Forms of Sexual Misconduct. The hearing panel may also recommend additional sanctions not specifically listed above when appropriate. The Vice President for Student Success (students), Vice President for Human Resources (employees), and Provost (faculty) may alter a recommended sanction, provided the sanction implemented is within those listed above.

 

Who is informed of the decision, and when and how will they be told?

The Complainant and the Respondent will be informed simultaneously of the decision in writing immediately following the case resolution.

Who can appeal the decision? How does the appeal process work?

Both Complainants and Respondents may file an appeal. Information regarding the appeals process, including timelines, can be found in Interim AR 6:2 Policy and Procedures for Addressing and Resolving Allegations of Sexual Harassment Under Title IX and Other Forms of Sexual Misconduct.

How long will the investigation and adjudication process take?

Given the circumstance of the matter being investigated, the investigation and adjudication process will be completed in a reasonable time frame.

Both parties will be kept informed of the progress of the investigation at regular intervals.

What if the Complainant or the Respondent is a third party?

Only Complainants who are employees or individuals engaging in or attempting to engage in an educational program or activity can file a Formal Complaint. Any individual can file a report. The University will provide resource information and information about filing a police report or report with another agency to individuals who have experienced Sexual Harassment or Sexual Misconduct but are not members of the University community.

In cases involving third-party Respondents, the University may be limited in its ability to respond. However, the University will always attempt to stop the harassment, remedy its effects, and prevent its recurrence.

The University cannot address complaints in which neither party is a University community member. If neither party is a University community member, the Complainant should seek assistance from their educational institution, local or state human rights commission, or local law enforcement agency.

Is there a "statute of limitations" on filing a complaint of sexual misconduct?

No, you may report a concern at any time. However, we encourage reporting as soon as possible because matters can be investigated more effectively when less time has passed between the event and the report.  Additionally, if the alleged perpetrator is no longer a student by the time the report is made, the University may not be able to take disciplinary action against that person. 

In all cases the University will endeavor to provide the complainant with support and resources, put a stop to any ongoing misconduct, and address the effects of the misconduct.

What if a Formal Complaint or report is made during summer break?

The outreach and investigation process will proceed even if the University is not in session and students are not on campus. 

What if a Complainant changes their mind and decides they do not want the matter investigated or adjudicated?

A Complainant may request that the Title IX Coordinator dismiss a Formal Complaint.

When may matters be dismissed?

Required Dismissal: The Title IX Coordinator is required to dismiss a Formal Complaint of Sexual Harassment under Title IX that (1) would not constitute Sexual Harassment even if proven; (2) did not occur in a University program or activity; or (3) did not occur against a person in the United States.

Dismissal of a complaint of Sexual Harassment does not preclude the University from proceeding with charges of Sexual Misconduct.

Discretionary Dismissal: The Title IX Coordinator may dismiss a Formal Complaint or any allegations in a Formal Complaint of Sexual Harassment or Sexual Misconduct if (1) the Complainant notifies the Title IX Coordinator they would like to withdraw their complaint or allegations in their complaint, (2) the Respondent is no longer enrolled in classes at or employed by the University, (3) specific circumstances prevent the University from gathering evidence sufficient to make a probable cause determination, or (4) the information is not sufficient to make a probable cause determination.

What are the Complainant’s and the Respondent’s rights and opportunities throughout the process?

  1. The Complainant has the right to choose whether to file a Formal Complaint with the University.
  2. The Complainant has the right to access supportive measures regardless of whether they file a Formal Complaint.
  3. In addition to pursuing administrative penalties and remedies, the Complainant maintains the right to pursue criminal or other legal action.
  4. The Respondent has the right to be presumed innocent, and it is the University’s responsibility to prove that the Respondent engaged in Sexual Harassment or Sexual Misconduct.

Both the Complainant and the Respondent have the right:

  1. To have the University respect the rights provided by the United States and Kentucky Constitutions;
  2. To be treated with respect by University officials;
  3. To access campus support resources and request supportive measures;
  4. To experience safe living, educational, and work environments;
  5. To have up to two (2) Advisors, including attorneys, present during any investigation, pre-hearing meeting, or hearing;
  6. To have an attorney represent them at any hearing;
  7. To refuse to have an allegation resolved through conflict resolution procedures;
  8. To receive amnesty for certain student misconduct, such as alcohol or drug violations, that occurred ancillary to the incident;
  9. To be free from retaliation for reporting violations of this regulation or cooperating with an investigation;
  10. To have complaints heard according to University procedures;
  11. To be informed in writing of the outcome/resolution of the complaint, any sanctions where permissible, and the rationale for the outcome where permissible;
  12. To have minimal interaction or contact with the Complainant or the Respondent, including supportive measures to ensure minimal or no contact;
  13. To present witnesses, including fact and expert witnesses and other inculpatory and exculpatory evidence;
  14. To discuss the allegations under investigation or to gather and present relevant evidence; and
  15. To refuse to speak to the Equal Opportunity Investigator or to answer specific questions.

Complainant Rights

Respondent’s Rights

 

What supportive measures, resources, and accommodations may be available to a Complainant?

The Title IX Coordinator is available to discuss resources and accommodations that may be helpful to the Complainant during the investigative process. The Complainant is advised to use the services of the Violence Intervention and Prevention Center (VIP Center), the University Counseling Center (UCC), and University Health Service (UHS). The Complainant should contact the University of Kentucky Police Department (UKPD) with questions about safety and security measures or if the Complainant believes they may have been the victim of a crime.

There are several supportive measures available to Complainants on an as-needed basis. Supportive measures include but are not limited to:

  • Counseling;
  • Extensions of deadlines or other course-related adjustments;
  • Modifications of work or class schedules;
  • Campus safety or security escort services;
  • Mutual restrictions on contact between the parties;
  • Changes in work or housing locations;
  • Leaves of absence;
  • Increased security and monitoring of certain areas of the campus; and
  • Other similar appropriate measures.

Complainants may obtain these measures by speaking with a confidential resource or the Title IX Coordinator.

Additional resources may be found on our Resources page.

What supportive measures, resources, and accommodations may be available to a Respondent?

The Title IX Coordinator is available to discuss resources and accommodations that may be helpful to the Respondent during the investigative process. The Respondent is advised to work with the Community of Concern and the University of Kentucky Police Department (UKPD) with questions about safety and security measures.

There are several supportive measures available on an as-needed basis. These supportive measures include:

  • Counseling;
  • Extensions of deadlines or other course-related adjustments;
  • Modifications of work or class schedules;
  • Campus safety or security escort services;
  • Mutual restrictions on contact between the parties;
  • Changes in work or housing locations;
  • Leaves of absence;
  • Increased security and monitoring of certain areas of the campus; and
  • Other similar appropriate measures.

Respondents may obtain these measures by speaking with a confidential resource or the Title IX Coordinator.

Additional resources may be found on our Resources page.

How do I request a No Contact Order?

Mutual No Contact Orders are available as a supportive measure. To request a No Contact Order or discuss other supportive measures, please make a report, request a meeting, or contact the Interim Title IX Coordinator, Meredith Reeves, directly.

How do I request a protective order?

In the Commonwealth of Kentucky, people who are in or have been in a dating relationship, have been sexually assaulted, or have been stalked can request an Interpersonal Protective Order through their local Circuit Court. Individuals seeking an interpersonal or other protective order can review Petition/Motion for Order of Protection procedures with their local Circuit Court. Petitions can be filed 24 hours a day daily through the Circuit Court or by contacting local law enforcement. Protective Orders are administered and enforced by the Kentucky Court system and local law enforcement.

The University will ensure that a party’s employment or status as a student does not violate the terms of a Protective Order by providing appropriate accommodations and supportive measures. A Protective Order is not the same as a University-issued No Contact Order. Please review the information about No Contact Orders in these FAQs.

May I file a criminal complaint against a student or employee?

Yes. You may contact the University of Kentucky Police Department (UKPD) by calling (859) 257-8573 or visiting their location on campus at 305 Euclid Avenue. You may also contact the Lexington Police Department by calling 911. UKPD is available to explain the process to you (e.g., the importance of preserving physical evidence) and to assist you in filing a criminal complaint.

The criminal process is separate and distinct from the University’s disciplinary process. You may use one or both processes. If you file a complaint with the University, the University’s disciplinary process will proceed whether or not you file a criminal complaint, and without regard to the outcome of the criminal process.

May I file both a Formal Complaint with Institutional Equity and a criminal complaint with law enforcement?

Yes. The criminal process is separate and distinct from the University’s disciplinary process. You may use one or both processes. If you file a complaint with the University, the University’s disciplinary process will proceed whether or not you file a criminal complaint, and without regard to the outcome of the criminal process.

Am I required to file both a criminal complaint with law enforcement and a Formal Complaint with Institutional Equity?

No. You may file a criminal complaint with law enforcement and a Formal Complainant with Institutional Equity, only file a Formal Complaint with Institutional Equity, only file a criminal complaint with law enforcement, or file neither a criminal complaint nor a Formal Complaint.

The decision of what type of complaint to file (if any) lies with the Complainant. In all circumstances that do not represent a danger to other members of the University community, the University will honor the Complainant’s decision regarding whether to file a Formal Complaint.

In all cases, Complainants can access supportive measures and resources from the University without filing a Formal Complaint.

What if I don’t want my parents to know I am filing a report?

Institutional Equity will not share information with your parent or guardian unless you complete a FERPA waiver. A FERPA waiver is a way for you to identify which people if any, you permit Institutional Equity to speak with and the type of information you are comfortable with Institutional Equity disclosing.

If you are a minor or are under legal guardianship, your parent or guardian may file a Formal Complaint on your behalf.

Will everyone on campus know if I file a report?

If you file a Formal Complaint, Institutional Equity will only share information with individuals with a legitimate business reason to know.

Will campus or the public have access to any documentation/information I provide your office during the investigation?

Institutional Equity will not make public documents or information you share. However, the information and documents you share will become part of the Final Investigative Report. The Complainant and Respondent receive a copy of the report. Institutional Equity does not prohibit parties from discussing investigations or otherwise sharing investigative materials.

The University is a public university and is subject to the Kentucky Open Records Act. Institutional Equity may be obligated to provide information in response to Open Records Act requests. Additionally, Institutional Equity is required to respond to subpoenas.

Can I talk to someone in your office about the behavior I experienced before I decide if I want to file a Formal Complaint?

Yes. Before filing a Formal Complaint, you can meet with someone from Institutional Equity to discuss supportive measures and University policies, processes, and procedures. Even after you speak with someone, you are not obligated to pursue a Formal Complaint.

Do I have to identify the name of the Respondent to seek supportive measures?

You are only required to provide the name of a Respondent to seek supportive measures if the measure you want requires the Respondent to be notified of the supportive measure. For example, if the supportive measure you seek is reassignment to a different residence hall, you do not have to provide the Respondent’s name. However, if you are seeking a No Contact Order, we need to name the Respondent to make both parties aware of the order.

Will I ever have to talk to the Respondent directly about the alleged behaviors?

Institutional Equity will not require you to speak to the Respondent regarding the alleged behavior. If a hearing occurs, the Respondent’s attorney may ask you questions directly, but you and the Respondent are not required to speak to each other directly. If you have concerns about the Respondent trying to speak to or contact you, please talk to our office about a “No Contact Order.”

What should I do if I’m accused of sexual misconduct?

Institutional Equity encourages all parties to seek resources on campus or in the community. Please feel free to contact Institutional Equity to discuss resources that are available to you. Additionally, you can speak to someone in Respondent Support Services to discuss any concerns you may have.

My friend told me they were sexually assaulted. What can I do to help?

If someone experiences a sexual assault they may seek support from a friend, family member, or someone they trust. The best way to support your friend is to believe them, listen, respect their privacy, and help them learn about options and resources. It’s important that you let them guide their process and make choices that feel best to them. Please contact the Violence Intervention and Prevention Center (VIP Center) for more information.

If the incident occurred off campus, can the University investigate?

Yes. Regardless of the location of the behavior, Institutional Equity can investigate provided the Respondent is also a University community member.

Can online students file a report?

Yes. Any student who is enrolled in courses or plans to enroll in courses can file a report.

Can international students file a report?

Yes. An international student who is enrolled in courses or plans to enroll in courses can file a report.

I was drinking or taking drugs. Will I get in trouble?

The University provides amnesty for violations of the University’s drug and alcohol policy when the drug or alcohol use occurred in conjunction with an alleged violation of Interim AR 6:2 Policy and Procedures for Addressing and Resolving Allegations of Sexual Harassment Under Title IX and Other Forms of Sexual Misconduct. This means that you will not be sanctioned for using drugs or alcohol.

I didn’t seek medical attention after the incident I experienced, does that matter if I want to file a formal complaint or seek supportive measures?

Seeking medical attention is your choice. Please let our office know if you have questions about where to seek medical attention. Whether you did or did not seek medical attention does not hinder your ability to file a Formal Complaint.

Does speaking at an event such as “Take Back the Night” mean it will get reported?

Responsible employees are NOT required to report incidents that students share during protests, vigils, a “Take Back the Night Event,” or other public awareness or advocacy events to the Title IX Coordinator.

What resources are available on campus for those affected by sexual misconduct?

Emergency Resources and Law Enforcement:

Emergency medical assistance and campus safety/law enforcement assistance are available on and off campus. Individuals are encouraged to contact law enforcement and seek medical treatment as soon as possible following an incident that poses a threat to their safety or physical well-being or following a potential criminal offense. Local law enforcement agencies:

University of Kentucky Police Department (UKPD)
305 Euclid Avenue
Lexington, KY 40508-3015
(859) 257-UKPD (8573)
(859) 257-SAFE (7233)
Free Cell Phone Call: #UKPD (#8573)

Lexington Police Department
150 E. Main Street Lexington, KY 40507
(859) 258-3600
911 (Emergencies)

Confidential Resources:

The information shared with the Violence Intervention and Prevention Center (VIP Center), the University Counseling Center (UCC), and University Health Service (UHS) will only be disclosed to the Title IX Coordinator (or anyone else) with the individual’s consent unless there is an imminent threat of serious harm to the individual or others, or there is a legal obligation to reveal such information (e.g., if there is suspected abuse or neglect of a minor).

The University’s VIP Center is a confidential resource offering support and advocacy services. Individuals are encouraged to access support services and learn about their options by contacting the VIP Center. The VIP Center can provide information about other University offices’ roles and reporting obligations to empower individuals to make informed decisions about their options.

Campus Confidential Resources include:

Violence Intervention and Prevention Center
Gatton Student Center, Room C316
160 Avenue of Champions
Lexington, KY 40506
(859) 257-3574 or vipcenter@uky.edu

University Counseling Center
104 Mandrell Hall
635 S. Limestone
Lexington, KY 40508-0651
(859) 257-8701

University Health Service
830 S. Limestone
Lexington, KY 40536
(859) 323-APPT (2778)

Additional resources may be found on our Resources page.

 

ADA

Where can I file an ADA Reasonable Accommodation Form?

For University Students:

If you are a University student and need a reasonable accommodation, you should contact the Disability Resource Center (DRC). Director Dr. David Beach and the DRC staff are available to answer questions, review medical documentation, and arrange services for all qualified students admitted to the University.

Disability Resource Center
Multidisciplinary Science Building, Suite 407
725 Rose Street
Lexington, KY 40536-0082
(859) 257-2754

For University Employees:

If you are a qualified University faculty member or staff employee with a disability, you may request a reasonable accommodation by completing a Reasonable Accommodation Form. If the disability is not obvious, you may be asked to submit sufficient medical documentation. Your provider may fill out a Medical Inquiry Form and submit it with the Reasonable Accommodation Form. You may also contact Institutional Equity

Institutional Equity
13 Main Building
Lexington, KY 40506-0032
(859) 257-8927

Applicants for Employment:

If you are interested in employment opportunities at the University and require a reasonable accommodation during the application process, contact Human Resources at (859) 257-9555.

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In case of an emergency, contact UK Police

On Campus: 911

Off-Campus: (859) 257-8573

Cell Phone: #8573