No Contact Orders
College administrators are authorized to issue a No Contact Order (NCO) prohibiting contact between students when there exists a reasonable concern that physical or psychological harm may result from such contact.
The college will consider all facts and circumstances that may be relevant to whether an NCO should be issued, including, but not limited to, the following factors:
- When there are allegations, threats, or evidence of physical violence by one student against another;
- When there are allegations, threats, or evidence of emotional abuse or harassment by one student of another;
- When there is a substantial risk of emotional harm from continued contact between students;
- When continued contact between students may have a material impact on campus disciplinary proceedings;
- When requested or agreed to in good faith by both students involved; and
- When there are of allegations of serious college policy violations.
All NCOs shall provide that neither student may have contact with the other. “Contact” includes, but is not necessarily limited to, in-person contact, telephone calls, email, texts and other forms of electronic communication, social media-based messages or postings, and third party communications including through proxies.
NCOs may include additional protective measures or other terms specific to the safety, well-being, or other needs of either or both students subject to the NCO, when deemed necessary by the college. Any additional terms shall be expressly stated in the NCO. Additional protective measures or other terms need not be reciprocal. They may include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Restricting a student from being in close proximity to the other student;
- Restricting a student’s access to certain campus locations, including the other student’s residence hall;
- Restricting the times a student may be present in on-campus dining facilities;
- Requiring that the students not be enrolled in the same academic course(s); and
- Requiring that the students not participate in the same co-curricular or extra-curricular activities.
NCOs may be issued by the following administrators:
- For matters pertaining to the Code of Student Conduct: the Senior Associate Dean of Students, or his/her designee;
- For matters pertaining to the Sexual Misconduct and Harassment Policy: the Director of Title IX and Civil Rights Compliance, or his/her designee; and
- For emergency situations involving personal safety: the Director of Security and Campus Safety may issue temporary NCOs, which shall be confirmed, modified or rescinded by the Senior Associate Dean or the Director of Title IX and Civil Rights Compliance once all relevant information is reviewed.
The college will review all NCOs annually. Each NCO will remain in effect until the graduation or withdrawal of at least one of the parties, unless the NCO expressly provides otherwise or is modified or rescinded by the college. A student seeking the modification or rescission of an NCO shall so request the administrator who issued the NCO. The issuing administrator shall consult with both parties before determining whether or not to modify or rescind the NCO.
Violations of No Contact Orders are subject to discipline under the Code of Student Conduct or the retaliation provisions of the Sexual Misconduct and Harassment Policy, as appropriate.
Students who have interpersonal conflicts that do not raise concerns for individual health and safety will not be granted NCOs. These individuals should pursue other forms of conflict resolution, such as mediation or restorative justice, offered through the Office of Student Support and Community Standards.