Statement of Complainant Rights

Policy on Sexual Misconduct (Title IX)

Geisinger Commonwealth recognizes that sexual misconduct is an offense in which the complainant often feels powerless. Geisinger Commonwealth assures those individuals making reports that they have the following rights:

  1. The complainant will have the power to make decisions affecting his or her medical and emotional treatment.
  2. The complainant will have control over making decisions pursuing legal prosecution.
  3. The complainant will decide who is notified outside the protocol established by the College.
  4. The complainant will receive support from the College in obtaining needed counseling or other support, including access to victim advocate services in the community.
  5. The complainant will be aided by the College in obtaining a learning environment that is safe and secure, including filing for a No Contact Order and/or requesting academic accommodations as needed.
  6. The complainant will be assured of confidentiality within the protocol followed by the College.
  7. The complainant will have the right to:
  8. Have an advisor of their choice during any Geisinger Commonwealth investigative or appeal proceeding (advisors, however, are restricted from speaking during investigative or appeal proceedings – their role is purely supportive and advisory);
  9. Not have prior sexual history discussed during the investigation;
  10. Have a complainant impact statement entered as testimony;
  11. Be informed of the outcome.