Information for Accused
What do I do if I am accused of sexual violence and/or sexual misconduct?
DO NOT contact the victim. You may want to speak with someone in the campus community who can act as your support person. Linda Fontanilla, Student Services vice president and Title IX officer, can explain IVC’s grievance procedures for addressing sexual misconduct complaints. You may also want to seek confidential counseling through the Health and Wellness Center or seek support through off-campus services.
What about legal advice?
The accused may want to retain legal counsel given the potential for criminal and/or civil action.
What, if anything, will my parents be told?
The college’s primary relationship is to you, the student, and not to your parents. College officials will only speak with your parents at your request or when there is a significant threat to your health or safety.
Can I be charged with something on campus and off campus?
Yes, victims have the right to pursue both campus resolution of a complaint as well as civil and/or criminal resolution. It is up to the victim to decide how he/she wants to proceed. IVC’s processes will move forward regardless of whether there is criminal or civil legal action taken for the same incident.
If I engage in a sexual activity with someone who has been drinking, can I be accused of sexual assault?
Yes, it is against IVC’s sexual misconduct policy (BP 5404 | AR 5404) to engage in any sexual activity with someone who is mentally or physically incapacitated, and therefore incapable of giving consent. Alcohol may cause such a state of incapacitation. However, it varies from person to person. For a variety of reasons it is not advisable to engage in sexual activity while intoxicated. When one or both parties are intoxicated, people tend to misinterpret another’s sexual intentions and often proceed before the issue of consent has been clarified.