Sanctions for Violation of Sexual Harassment Policy

The university has tabulated and now reports the results of cases involving violations of the university’s Sexual Harassment Policy and disciplinary sanctions imposed on students by the Office of Student Affairs.

This list below reflects cases involving violation of the Sexual Harassment Policy since Institutional Opportunity & Access was created in May 2012 and in which Student Affairs disciplinary proceedings were completed by December 31, 2016. Neither complainants nor respondents are identified by name, and cases are not included where publicly available information would make the listings identifiable to specific individuals. It is important to understand what these data do and do not include.

  • IOA is the investigative department for any complaints involving discrimination and harassment in violation of university policy. These data are limited to violations of the Sexual Harassment Policy.
  • These data do not include cases where complaints were made to IOA against university employees. Employees found to have violated the university’s Sexual Harassment Policy will face disciplinary action from their unit.
  • This tabulation also does not include complaints made against third parties.
  • At the conclusion of its investigation, IOA makes a determination of whether the evidence demonstrates a violation has occurred. Where it finds a violation, the case is generally referred to Student Affairs for disciplinary proceedings. In those cases where there is insufficient evidence to support a violation, no disciplinary action is recommended.

Sanctions Imposed on Students by KU Student Affairs in Cases of Violations of KU's Sexual Harassment Policy (including Sexual Violence) from May 2012 through December 31, 2016

  Student Affairs Sanctions Imposed
1 expulsion, campus ban, transcript notation
2 expulsion, campus ban (4 years), transcript notation, conditions on re-enrollment
3 expulsion, campus ban (5 years), transcript notation
4 expulsion, campus ban (5 years), transcript notation
5 expulsion, campus ban (5 years), housing ban, activity ban, continued no contact, transcript notation
6 expulsion, campus ban (later of 5 years or graduation of victim), transcript notation
7 expulsion, campus ban while victim is at KU, but no less than 5 years, transcript notation
8 expulsion, campus ban while victim is at KU, but no less than 5 years, housing ban, transcript notation
9 expulsion, campus ban (10 years), transcript notation
10 expulsion, campus ban (5 years), transcript notation
11 expulsion, campus ban (5 years), transcript notation
12 expulsion, campus ban (5 years), transcript notation
13 expulsion, campus ban (5 years), transcript notation
14 expulsion, campus ban (3 years), transcript notation, conditions on re-enrollment
15 expulsion, transcript notation, campus ban (5 years)
16 suspension (1 semester), campus ban (1 semester), continued no contact, conditions on re-enrollment
17 suspension (1 year), conditions on re-enrollment, housing ban (5 years)
18 suspension (2 years), campus ban (5 years), conditions on re-enrollment
19 suspension (2 years), conditions on re-enrollment, continued no contact
20 suspension (2 years), continued no contact, campus ban (5 years), conditions on re-enrollment
21 suspension (2 years), conditions on re-enrollment, campus ban (2 years), continued no contact
22 suspension (6 months), conditions on re-enrollment, housing ban (5 years)
23 probation (1 year) or until graduation, whichever is less
24 probation (1 year), continued no contact
25 probation (1 year), education (SH, healthy relationships), continued no contact
26 probation (1 year), education/training (SH, consent, alcohol), recommended housing employment ban
27 probation (1 year), education/training (SH, sexual violence, consent, incapacitation, alcohol), housing ban, continued no contact
28 probation (1 year), education-training; counseling, continued no contact, separation in class, check in with SCO
29 probation (1 year), partial housing ban, education/training (alcohol)
30 probation (1 year), partial housing ban, education/training, counseling
31 probation (15 months), education/training, continued no contact, restitution
32 probation (2 years), mental health assessment, community service (30 hours), continued no contact
33 probation (2 years), housing ban (2 years), employment ban (2 years), education/training (healthy relationships, masculinity), continued no contact
34 probation (6 months)
35 probation (one semester), partial housing ban
36 probation (1 year), education/training
37 probation (1 year), education/training (behavior), partial housing ban, mental health assessment
38 probation (nine months), education/training (consent), housing ban; employment ban, continued no contact
39 probation (two months), education/training (consent), continued no contact
40 probation (2 years), education/training (relationships), partial housing ban
41 probation (1 year), check in with SCO, education/training, no contact
42 probation (1 year), education/training
43 probation (1 year), education/training, no contact
44 probation (1 year), education/training, activity ban
45 probation (2 years), education/trainings, counseling, conditions on re-enrollment
46 probation (1 year), education/training, counseling, no contact
47 probation (2 years), education/training, counseling, no contact
48 probation (1 year), education/trainings, no contact
49 education/training (alcohol), mental health assessment, community service
50 education/training (alcohol), reflective paper
51 warning
52 warning, continued no contact

Not every IOA complaint results in a full-scale investigation. IOA is authorized pursuant to the university’s Discrimination Complaint Resolution Process to initially determine if a case is appropriate for an investigation and in some instances may informally resolve matters. In some cases – not including violations involving sexual assault – IOA is able to resolve the complaint informally or to correct the inappropriate behavior simply by confronting the respondent with the complaint and implementing protective measures.

IOA also often receives third party reports of potential violations. In every case, an effort is made to identify the affected student. In some cases, survivors do not want an investigation to go forward and do not cooperate. In other cases the university is unable to identify a potential respondent.

Where the affected student can be identified, IOA reaches out to that individual and provides information about campus and community resources that are available, including the right to pursue a complaint with IOA and with law enforcement. IOA also offers potential interim measures to assist the survivor, such as modified class schedules, adjusted living arrangements, and/or a no contact directive to the respondent.

Where more than one IOA complaint is made against the same student, the case may be referred to Student Affairs concurrently for disciplinary action against that student. In such cases, this tabulation reflects only one instance of disciplinary action against that student while there may have been more than one IOA complaint.

IOA receives complaints within the broad array of sexually discriminatory behavior covered by KU’s Sexual Harassment Policy. Varying case outcomes reflect the varying nature and seriousness of the conduct in question. Outcomes also reflect a variety of other factors, including input from complainants, as well as mitigating factors, including respondents’ acknowledgement of responsibility.


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