XI. Supportive Measures

In cases of reported alleged Sex/Gender Discrimination or Sexual Misconduct involving students, Rhodes may implement supportive measures immediately or at any time that Rhodes determines such measures are necessary. The Title IX Coordinator shall have responsibility for determining such supportive measures. Some of these supportive measures also may continue in effect after an investigation is closed or as post-hearing sanctions or accommodations, depending on the outcome of the investigation and hearing.  Examples of supportive measures that Rhodes may consider and elect to implement include, but are not limited to:

  • facilitating leaves of absence for impacted parties, to the extent practicable;
  • implementing a mutual “no contact” order to govern, and attempt to avoid, interaction between affected individuals;
  • providing a campus safety escort to ensure a Complainant can move safely between buildings, classes, dining halls, and activities on campus;
  • ensuring that the Complainant and the Respondent do not attend the same classes, seminars, functions, meetings, etc.;
  • offering to provide or facilitate the provision of medical, counseling and mental health services, but not necessarily covering the cost of such services;
  • providing education regarding gender discrimination, sexual misconduct, alcohol and drug use, incapacitation and consent, etc.;
  • reviewing any academic challenges or any disciplinary actions taken against the Complainant to see if there is a causal connection between the events that may have impacted the Complainant;
  • changing work schedules, job assignments, or job locations for College employment;
  • changing on-campus living arrangements, when reasonable;
  • providing increased monitoring, supervision, or security at locations or activities where the misconduct occurred; and
  • limiting the access of the individual accused of the misconduct to certain Rhodes facilities until the matter is resolved, including the possibility of an interim suspension if warranted.

Rhodes may also, upon request, arrange for the re-taking, changing, or withdrawing from classes, and in such instances, Rhodes will make every reasonable effort to mitigate any academic or financial penalty for providing such arrangements.

Supportive measures shall be balanced based on the facts collected, seriousness of the allegations, and the potential safety risks posed to the Rhodes Community. Supportive measures are designed to restore or preserve equal access to Rhodes’ education program and activities without unreasonably burdening the other party, including measures designed to protect the safety of all parties or Rhodes’ educational environment, or deter sexual misconduct. Rhodes will maintain as confidential any personal supportive measures provided to only the Complainant or only to the Respondent, to the extent that maintaining such confidentiality would not impair its ability to provide the supportive measures (e.g., not applicable to mutual no contact orders).

Rhodes may also consider and take supportive measures that affect the broader Rhodes Community and which are aimed to eliminate occurrences of Sex/Gender Discrimination or Sexual Misconduct and to promote academic and employment environments free of such conduct.

If a Respondent student withdraws from Rhodes while a Complaint is pending, supportive measures may be continued. The Respondent may be required to notify the Title IX Coordinator if they intend to visit any building owned or controlled by Rhodes or a student organization that is officially recognized by Rhodes, or if they otherwise seek to attend any Rhodes education program or activity or event, so that the Complainant may be given an opportunity to receive supportive measures if needed. The Respondent’s student records also may be marked to indicate their departure during a disciplinary process (which may resume if they return to Rhodes), but shall not indicate that such Respondent was found or assumed responsible for any alleged misconduct pending at the time of departure.