August 21, 2017

Malicious dissuasion and retaliation (Student Misconduct)

No student or organization may maliciously prevent or dissuade another from making a good faith report of prohibited conduct or participating in an investigation of prohibited conduct. Malicious means behavior made in bad faith and intended to thwart or interfere with the rights described in this policy. Malicious prevention/dissuasion describes conduct prior to a report of prohibited conduct or during an investigation. It also includes any contact with a member of the Misconduct Sanctioning Panel or Appellate Panel made after notification of charges and with the intent to influence the outcome of the process.

No student or organization may retaliate against another who brings a good-faith report of prohibited conduct or participates in an investigation of prohibited conduct. Retaliation means any adverse action taken against another. Threats and attempts to retaliate are equally prohibited. Retaliation describes conduct after a report of prohibited conduct. Such retaliation may include:

  • Coercion, intimidation, interference, harassment or threatening behavior;
  • Excluding or blocking someone from a team, activity, organization, or course participation due to that person’s having filed a complaint or been a witness as part of an investigation;
  • Spreading negative information about another.

Good faith pursuit of administrative, civil, or criminal action does not constitute retaliation.