No Contact Letters

 A. Definition

No Contact Letters are directives issued by the Dean of Students or designee or University Police prohibiting communication between or among designated students.  No Contact Letters are issued when, in the judgment of the Dean of Students, there is reason to believe that an order would be in the best interest of all parties and the community for maintaining peace and safety.  No Contact Letters prohibit all forms of communication between designated students, direct or indirect, written, electronic or through a third party.

B. Authority

No Contact Letters differ from court imposed restraining orders and do not guarantee that designated parties will avoid sightings or passing interactions on the campus or in the local community. In some circumstances, No Contact Letters may restrict a student from parts of the campus except for required academic activities. Students who are concerned about personal safety should contact University Police or local police. Students who have questions about No Contact Letters may speak with the Dean of Students.

C.  Issuance

  1. No Contact Letters shall be issued to maintain the peace and safety of the community and parties involved in an incident.  Such situations include, but are not limited to: harassment, threats, bullying, physical assault, stalking, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, retaliation or intimidation or other disruptive behaviors as indicated in the Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities and Conduct of the Rules for Public Order or federal, state or local laws.
  2. No Contact Letters shall be issued for incidents that occur off campus, in non-residential areas of campus and in residence halls, entryways and other areas contiguous to the residence halls.
  3. No Contact Letters shall be issued to all parties involved in an incident. This includes the victim, respondent, and any other students involved.  No Contact Letters shall be delivered in the quickest means available, including e-mail, campus mail, or hand delivered by a University Police officer or Residence Life staff.
  4. If a No Contact Letter is part of the terms of an interim suspension, the interim suspended student shall be notified in the No Contact Letter, as well as in the interim suspension notice, that the two are enforced concurrently.

D.   Policy for the Review of No Contact Order

Both the accused or respondent and the reporting individual shall, upon request and consistent with SUNY Oswego policies and procedures, be afforded a prompt review, reasonable under the circumstances, of the need for and terms of a no contact order, including potential modification, and shall be allowed to submit evidence in support of his      or her request. SUNY Oswego may establish an appropriate schedule for the accused and respondents to access applicable buildings and property at a time when such buildings and property are not being accessed by the reporting individual.  Contact the Dean of Students, Dr. Jerri Howland