OIEC offers a variety of supportive measures to ensure a safe and nondiscriminatory environment and to reduce disruptions to daily life. We coordinate with offices across campus to help individuals remain in school or at work. OIEC balances the various needs of all involved parties. This includes providing resources for individuals who have experienced behavior prohibited under applicable policies (complainant) and those accused of prohibited conduct (respondent).

OIEC provides assistance and information about resolution options through OIEC and/or other offices on or off campus, and makes referrals when a situation falls outside of OIEC’s jurisdiction.

Support & Safety Measures

In response to a report, OIEC determines what immediate and long-term support and safety measures are needed in order to minimize disruptions to education or employment and to help keep the involved parties and the campus safe.

This can include:

  • Assistance with accessing counseling, medical, or legal services
  • Assistance with accessing visa and immigration services
  • Modifications to work or class schedules
  • Assistance with university financial or registration processes
  • Assistance with dropping classes or withdrawing from school
  • Changes in campus housing locations
  • Assistance with terminating a campus housing contract
  • Parking and transportation changes
  • Restrictions on contact between parties
  • Modifications to campus activities
  • Excluding individuals from campus
  • Putting an employee on administrative leave
  • Emergency removal of a student

The Office of Victim Assistance (OVA) is a confidential office that offers support, trauma-specific counseling, and advocacy for those impacted by a traumatic experience. Respondent Support Services in CAPS is a confidential resource that provides counseling and support to individuals who have been accused of misconduct. While some of the issues that these offices address overlap with OIEC Support and Safety Measures, we often coordinate services and our roles are uniquely different. This document explains more about those distinctions to help people determine what options are available and the best fit for their needs.

Individuals who experienced certain crimes, such as sexual assault or domestic violence, may be eligible for U.S. immigration relief through the U visa or VAWA self-petition, regardless of the individual's immigration status. Please speak with an immigration attorney or a non-profit organization that assists immigrants to learn more about the eligibility requirements, application process, and timeline: Free or Low-Cost Legal Immigration Services Handout.