Guiding Principles for Support Services
- Provide robust accommodations to victims/survivors. Accommodations following experiences of intimate partner and other forms of violence should minimize the victims'/survivors' burden of continuing their education by addressing safety, They should address safety, Title IX rights, academic needs, privacy, and resulting financial burden.
- Consider a victim’s/survivor’s relevant circumstances. Accommodations should be provided with attention to ability status, religion/faith, cultural identity, racial identity, gender identity, sexual orientation, financial situation, etc.
- Take interim measures promptly and prevent retaliation. As soon as it has notice of an allegation of intimate partner violence, the school should take interim measures to protect students and investigate what happened. The school should also provide the victim/survivor with periodic updates on the status of the investigation and work to prevent and address any retaliation.
- Provide private, trauma-informed support. This support for victims/survivors should come from all parts of campus.
Accommodations should be equitable, not necessarily identical, for reporting and responding parties.
- Response systems can be trauma-informed without being biased toward survivors.
- The policies and processes of these systems should be designed to put all students on the same level and be applied fairly and consistently.
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