Supportive measures are individualized services, accommodations, or other assistance the Title IX Coordinator can put in place after receiving notice of alleged sexual misconduct. We want community members to be safe, to receive appropriate medical attention, and to get the help they need to continue to access their educational and professional pursuits at Arkansas Tech University.
Some possible supportive measures are listed below. Not all of the measures listed will be necessary in every case, and the list is not exhaustive. Each case is very different, and the Title IX Coordinator works with the involved party(ies) to identify what supportive measures are appropriate to ensure equal access to educational programs, activities, and/or work. These measures are available whether or not an individual chooses to file a formal complaint and whether or not an investigation has commenced. Supportive measures are available for both Complainants and Respondents.
example supportive measures
- Issuing no-contact orders to prevent any contact between the Complainant, the Respondent, witnesses and/or third parties
- Providing an escort to ensure that the individual can move safely between classes, work, and/or activities
- Changing a Complainant’s or a Respondent’s on-campus housing or dining, if any, to a different on-campus location and providing assistance from University support staff in completing the relocation
- Arranging to dissolve a campus housing contract and offering a pro-rated refund
- Changing work arrangements
- Outreach to faculty or supervisors to request rescheduling of class work, assignments, and examinations without penalty
- Moving the Complainant or the Respondent from one class section to another without penalty
- Permitting a temporary withdrawal from the University;
- Providing alternative course completion options without penalty
- Providing counseling services
- Issuing and emergency removal of the Respondent before the resolution of the Complaint
- Providing academic support services such as tutoring
If at any point during the complaint, investigative or disciplinary processes, the Title IX Coordinator reasonably believes that a Respondent who is a member of the University community poses a substantial threat of harm to any member of the campus community; threatens or endangers University property; or disrupts the stability and continuance of normal University operations and functions, the Title IX Coordinator may take actions such as the following:
- For student Respondents:
- summarily suspend the Respondent from campus housing on an interim basis and/or restrict his or her movement on campus; or
- suspend the Respondent from campus.
- For employee Respondents’ request that the individual authorized to make personnel
decisions regarding the employee at issue:
- take such steps as are reasonable, appropriate, and necessary to restrict the Respondent’s movement on campus; or
- reassign the Respondent or place him or her on administrative leave.
These actions may be appealed by student Respondents to the Vice President for Student Affairs and by employees to the respective Vice President or Athletic Director over their division.