COVID-19 Student Amnesty

Author: Office of Institutional Equity

The Office of Institutional Equity encourages all members of the University community to recognize the demonstrated public health benefits of limiting person-to-person contact and avoiding large groups to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, in compliance with the University’s Community Standards. The OIE also wishes to promote an environment where students are not afraid to seek help for discrimination, harassment, sexual violence, and interpersonal violence due to the added fear of disciplinary repercussions for not adhering to our COVID-related standards in the context of the discrimination, harassment, or violence they seek to report. With these priorities in mind, amnesty from formal University disciplinary action related to our community standards will be granted to a student who is reporting sexual violence, interpersonal violence, or other violation of the University’s Policy on Discriminatory Harassment, Sexual Harassment, and Other Sex-Based Misconduct.

To promote the health and safety of the campus and local community, OIE staff may be required to share information about large group gatherings with appropriate University or local officials. However, that information will be shared in a way that protects the privacy of the individual who is reporting discrimination, harassment, or violence to the OIE.

Nothing in the provision above absolves a student from the responsibility to notify the University of a positive test for COVID-19 so that appropriate contact tracing can be conducted.
Individuals are encouraged to talk with OIE if they have questions about information sharing. Additional support can also be found on the OIE website.