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Article VI: No Contact Orders

No Contact. Requires that the student have no contact with a certain person, room, apartment, hallway or building for a set period of time.

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 a 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 a request has been made by one of the parties based on one or more of the parameters outlined;
  • When there are allegations of 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.

NCOs may be issued by the Vice Provost for Student Life or their designee. Sole determination of whether a NCO is established rests with the Vice Provost for Student Life or their designee.

A student requesting a NCO does not have to file formal charges. The NCO can be issued if there is reason to believe the order will be in the best interest of all parties and the community for promoting a sense of safety and security.

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graduation or withdrawal of at least one of the parties, unless the NCO expressly provides otherwise or is modified or rescinded by the college.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.

Any student that has a No Contact Order can:

  • request to challenge the application of a No Contact Order by providing information/evidence to support that the order should not be in place
  • provide information/evidence that supports an alteration or modification of the No Contact Order
  • present information/evidence that supports that the No Contact Order should remain in place

Violations of No Contact Orders are subject to discipline under the Student Code of Conduct or the retaliation provisions of the Sexual Misconduct and Harassment Policy, as appropriate.

Students with interpersonal conflicts that do not meet the criteria noted for No Contact Orders to be issued, may seek advisement or other support, mediation, or other forms of conflict resolution.