Rutgers University is committed to fostering an environment that is safe and secure and free from sexual and gender-based discrimination and harassment, sexual violence, dating and domestic violence, stalking and other related misconduct. The University is required to comply with Title IX of the Higher Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs and activities. Similarly, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA) requires prompt, fair and impartial investigation and resolution of allegations of sexual assault, stalking, dating violence and domestic violence. Based on this legislation, Rutgers University recognizes its responsibility to increase awareness of such misconduct, prevent its occurrence, support victims, deal fairly and firmly with offenders, and diligently investigate reports of misconduct.
The following section outlines the University investigation process if a student decided they wanted to proceed with University charges. The University investigation process is separate from that of a criminal process, and students can choose to participate in both processes, participate in just one of the processes, or elect not to participate in either process.