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Amnesty

For Victims
  • The University provides amnesty to victims who may be hesitant to report to WTAMU officials because they fear that they themselves may be accused of rule/procedure violations, such as underage drinking, at the time of the Educational options will be explored, but no conduct proceedings or conduct record will result.

For Those Who Offer Assistance
  • To encourage students to offer help and assistance to others, University pursues a rule/procedure of amnesty for minor violations when students offer help to others in need. At the discretion of the Director of Student Conduct, amnesty may also be extended on a case-by-case basis to the person receiving assistance. Educational options will be explored, but no conduct proceedings or conduct record will result.

For Those Who Report Serious Violations
  • Students who are engaged in minor violations but who choose to bring related serious violations by others to the attention of the University are offered amnesty for their minor violations. Educational options will be explored, but no conduct proceedings or record will Abuse of amnesty requests can result in a decision by the VPSEES not to extend amnesty to the same person repeatedly.

For Those Who Act in Good Faith

  • A person acting in good faith who reports or assists in the investigation of a report of an incident, who testifies or otherwise participates in a disciplinary process, may not be subject to disciplinary action. A student who reports being the victim of, or a witness to, an incident of sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, or stalking may not be subject to institutional disciplinary proceedings.

Anonymity

  • WTAMU understands the sensitive nature of some incidents of alleged misconduct. Further, the University is mindful of a complainants’ desire, in some cases, to report an incident without disclosing their name or other identifying information. WTAMU will respoect a student's request for anonymity to the extent allowed by law. Doing so can often times make it more difficulty to thoroughly and effectively investigate an incident. The University will work with each student to find the approach that best fits the student’s wants and needs in accordance with applicable law.

Retaliation

  • Retaliation is definded as intentional, adverse action, or attempts at adverse action, (including online) taken that harms an individual as reprisal for filing or participating in a conduct process, grievance process, Title IX investigation, or other protected activity. Any and all forms of retaliation are strictly prohibited.