Victim’s Rights

Ferris State University has policies established to preserve the rights of victims of violent crimes, including victims of sexual misconduct, involved in disciplinary process. In addition to those listed here, victim's rights for sexual misconduct are listed in the Sexual Assault Policy in Section IV of the Code of Student Community Standards. The University has established the following victim’s rights:

  1. The right of the victim to have a support person accompany him/her throughout disciplinary proceedings. A support person will not represent the victim nor will he/she speak during a hearing.  A support person may not act as legal counsel
  2. The right of the victim to choose to be visually screened from the accused during the hearing process.
  3. The right of the victim to determine his/her level of involvement in the hearing process. The victim may be present during the hearing process. The victim may choose to be only involved as any other witness; in which case the victim may submit a list of questions prior to the hearing. If they are deemed relevant by the hearing officer or committee chair, the questions will be asked during the hearing.
  4. The right not to have irrelevant past conduct discussed during the hearing.
  5. The right to make a “victim impact statement” to be submitted in writing at the time of the hearing. The impact statement will be considered by the hearing body only if the student is determined to be “in violation” of University policy.
  6. The right to be informed of the ultimate outcome of the hearing within constraints established under applicable confidentiality statutes. The accused student and the victim will be notified in writing concurrently. The victim will also be apprised that the accused may appeal the initial decision, and if applicable, the appeal decision.
  7. The right to review all case evidence that is to be admitted during the hearing process.  Evidence will be available consistently to both the victim and the accused.
  8. The right not to be discouraged from proceeding with appropriate adjudication channels.
  9. The right to be treated with dignity.