Interim Measures

West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine may at any point in the complaint process elect to place the respondent on investigative leave, reassignment, temporary suspension from classes or authorize other types of temporary measures while an investigation is pending, including but not limited to "no contact" directives.

When the Title IX Coordinator receives a report of harassment or discrimination, s/he will undertake an appropriate inquiry and take such prompt and effective action as is reasonably practicable under the circumstances to support and protect the complainant, the campus community and to avoid retaliation against the victim(s) before the final outcome of the investigation or full implementation of the complaint process.

Interim measures may be implemented without prior notice to the accused whenever there is reason to believe, based on available facts, that the continued presence of the student poses a substantial threat to himself/herself, to others, to college property, or to the stability and continuance of normal college functions.

If the allegation constitutes a sex offense as defined by the Clery Act, the College will change the victim's academic situation after an alleged Clery Act sex offense if those changes are requested by the victim and are reasonably available.

When taking steps to separate the complainant and the accused, the Title IX Coordinator will seek to minimize unnecessary or unreasonable burdens on either party; provided, however, that every reasonable effort will be made to allow the complainant to continue in his or her academic and/or campus employment arrangements.

Violation(s) of the Title IX Coordinator's directive and/or protective actions will constitute related offenses that may lead to additional disciplinary action.

Interim measures that may be implemented include but are not limited to:

  • Temporary suspension of an employee's employment as well as denial of the employee's access to Institution facilities or property including but not limited to any institution housing;
  • Temporary suspension or limitation of an individual's eligibility to enjoy certain privileges, or participate in or attend certain events (or certain kinds of events) without the suspension of employment or enrollment. This action may prohibit an individual's presence on institution property or in certain facilities, or impose conditions that must be met in order for the individual to enjoy certain privileges, participate in activities, or attend events;
  • Temporary suspension of a student's eligibility for enrollment or attendance, as well as denial of access to facilities or property including but not limited to housing;
  • Implementation of a "no contact" directive.

Related Conduct

The Title IX Coordinator is empowered to hear allegations of, and to recommend sanctions for, conduct that violates any institution rule regulation or policy including but not limited to employee handbooks and/or any student conduct code directly related to the alleged discriminatory/harassing/retaliatory conduct.

The Title IX Coordinator may refer the complaint to other college departments for disposition pursuant to other disciplinary procedures if the conduct does not rise to the level of discrimination or harassment but does violate other institutional rules, regulations or policies.