Criminal Conduct

Acts of sex discrimination or sexual harassment, including but not limited to acts of sexual violence, may also constitute acts of criminal conduct.

Any individual may report an incident alleging criminal conduct by calling 9-1-1 in an emergency or by contacting the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine Security at: 304-647-8911. The West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine Security Office and/or other law enforcement authorities may be notified if a complaint contains allegations of criminal conduct.

Pursuant to the federal law known as the Jeanne Clery Act (20 USC § 1092(f)), any campus security or law enforcement personnel or any West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine employee who has significant responsibility for student and campus activities (including but not limited to faculty advisers to student groups, coaches and a student activities director) who has witnessed or been informed of an alleged incident that constitutes a crime for the purpose of the Clery Act including but not limited to a forcible or nonforcible sex offense or a hate crime, whether a criminal or administrative complaint has been filed, must:

  1. follow West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine procedures for making a report for the annual crime statistics report. Reports should be made to:

Larry Ware
Security Officer - VP for Finance & Facilities
(304) 647-6220​

  1. and notify the Title IX Coordinator so that any applicable administrative, investigative or other resolution procedures may be initiated.

Employees may be obligated to report to law enforcement the fact that an alleged Clery Act Crime has been reported, but the name or other personally identifiable information about the complainant will be provided only with the consent of the complainant, except as may be required or otherwise permitted by law.

The administrative investigation of complaints filed with the Title IX Coordinator is different from a law enforcement investigation. The technical rules of evidence and procedure do not apply.

A law enforcement investigation will not take the place of an investigation or disposition of a complaint filed with the Title IX Coordinator and the results of a law enforcement investigation or adjudication are not determinative of whether an individual is responsible for discriminatory/harassing/retaliatory conduct.

An investigation by the Title IX Coordinator may be carried out prior to, simultaneously with, or following civil or criminal proceedings off campus.

West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine will cooperate fully with law enforcement and other agencies in the enforcement of criminal law on campus or that affects the campus community and such cooperation may require the institution to temporarily suspend the fact-finding aspect of the administrative investigation while the law enforcement agency is in the process of gathering information.

Suspensions of investigations typically last from three to ten days but may be extended depending upon the circumstances of each case.

West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine will promptly resume its administrative investigation as soon as notified by the law enforcement agency that it has completed the evidence gathering process.