Handling of Domestic Violence

Published October 22, 2019

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 address reports 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 student conduct 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.  UB offers assistance and support to people experiencing domestic violence regardless of whether they wish to pursue a police report or student conduct charges.  Any member of the UB community may consult confidentially with a campus-based Crisis Services Advocate.  Students may receive assistance from the university’s Counseling Center, and employees may consult confidentially with the Employee Assistance Program.  These resources are available even if the person who has harmed them has no affiliation with UB.

Mandatory arrest is required for all cases of domestic violence that are reported to University Police.  In cases where a UB student is accused of domestic violence or dating violence, alleged offenders are placed on temporary suspension until an initial suspension hearing is held by Student Conduct and Advocacy 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, practices or competitions. 

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.

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.