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Handling of Domestic Violence

Published October 20, 2014

The University at Buffalo takes very seriously its obligations and its commitment to provide a safe and secure environment for our students and other members of the university community.  

UB is committed to ensuring that all members of our community can work and learn in a safe environment.  UB provides support, assistance and redress for victims of stalking, sexual assault, sexual violence, dating violence and domestic violence.

For many years, UB has had prevention and awareness programs, policies and practices in place to deal with complaints of domestic violence, and we have adjusted them over time to make them more effective and assure that they comport with applicable laws, regulations and agency guidance.

UB has a well-trained Judicial Affairs office and a well-trained Police Department that is well versed in student issues and have trauma-informed training.   These full time employees are versed in the administrative processes, policies, laws, and regulatory requirements in the handling of domestic violence cases.  

Mandatory arrest is required for all cases of domestic violence.  Alleged offenders are placed on temporary suspension until an initial suspension hearing is held by Judicial Affairs to determine access to campus while the administrative process is applied.  During a suspension, a student is prohibited from coming on campus, attending classes, and from participating in any University related activities or events – including participation in athletic activities or events.  

Although Title IX requires that a case be resolved within 60 days, the full administrative process generally takes up to 4 weeks and is dependent upon scheduling and availability of those involved (e.g. victims, witnesses, alleged offenders).    During the administrative process, the university may impose suspensions, orders of protection, other campus restrictions, and/or make victim accommodations.  The administrative process may result in outcomes that include, but are not limited to, community service, counseling, probation, long-term suspension, dismissal/expulsion.

During any suspension, a student is prohibited from coming on campus, attending classes, and from participating in any University related activities or events – including participation in athletic practices or competitions. 

The UB Administrative process for students and student athletes are the same, with the exception that athletes are also subject to the Athletic Ethics Committee, which may place additional sanctions on student athletes. In cases where a student is not suspended, the Athletics Ethics Committee may still impose sanctions on Student Athletes that limit or exclude their participation in athletic activities and events.