For immediate help reporting an incident,

contact CNU Police by calling 757 - 594-7777 or call CHECS at 757-594-7190

Reporting an Incident of Sexual Misconduct

Christopher Newport University encourages students to report incidents of sexual misconduct. 

There are multiple areas to report an incident of sexual misconduct; CHECS, CNUPD, and/or Title IX Coordinator. Students are encouraged to report possible incidents of sexual misconduct to CHECS. CHECS will meet with any student who reports an incident of sexual misconduct to discuss rights and options with the student.  If a student discloses an incident with a member of the community who has obligation to report; CHECS will be notified. When notified of an incident of sexual misconduct, CHECS has an obligation to protect the safety of current students and therefore will collect more information. CHECS may impose interim measures to reasonably ensure safety.

Students also have the opportunity, but are not required, to report an incident to CNU Police and Newport News Police to have their case investigated. If a student believes they have been discriminated against, they may report this to the Title IX Coordinator. 

Read more details information below. Each area has distinct purpose and role in handling incidents of sexual misconduct. Investigating an incident through the disciplinary procedures with CHECS, reporting an incident to CNUPD and/or filing criminal charges, and reporting discrimination to the Title IX Coordinator require separate actions. 

Report an Incident to CHECS
Report an Incident to CNUPD
Report an Incident to Title IX Coordinator

Center for Honor Enrichment and Community Standards (CHECS)

To Report an Incident call 757-594-7190, stop by the Student Affairs Suite on the 3rd floor of the DSU or complete an online incident report form

CHECS investigates incidents of sexual misconduct that occur between students. When the CHECS staff are informed of an incident of sexual misconduct, they are obligated to look into the incident to ensure student safety. They will contact the student who reported the incident and meet with them to provide information about resources, reporting student's rights and options for a response. 

Confidentiality: A student reporting the incident may request that his/her name is not disclosed to the alleged student and may request that CHECS does not full investigate the incident. The University will reasonably respect this request; however, honoring this request may limit the University’s ability to respond to the incident and may impact disciplinary action again the alleged student. The University will take all reasonable steps to investigate the incident while being consistent with the request of the reporting student, however, if there is a serious and increased risk to the community, CNU may have to continue with a full investigation.

After learning more about the incident and determine if it is reasonable to continue to investigate the incident, a CHECS staff member will collect all relevant and available information. They also will help the accusing and accused students understand the process, provide resources, and explain their rights and options.The investigation will include interviews with both the accused and accusing students as well as meetings with any event witnesses that are identified. Both accused and accusing students may present any additional information that is relevant, including electronic communication and/or physical evidence.

Once the CHECS staff member has completed a thorough investigation of the incident and met with all parties they will present their written findings to a Sexual Misconduct Review Panel (SMRP). A SMRP reviews the information from the investigation without any identifying information from those involved. The panel's role is to decide if enough evidence exists to convene a Sexual Misconduct Hearing Panel (SMHP). The SMRP does not determine responsibility or sanctions. If they do determine there is enough information to convene a SMHP they will suggest a list of event witnesses. 

If a SMRP recommends a case continue to a SMHP, trained student advocates would be assigned to help prepare both the accused and accusing students. The role of a Sexual Misconduct Hearing Panel is to review the evidence presented during the hearing and determine responsibility and sanctions, if appropriate. Both students have the opportunity to present at the SMHP. The student who reported the incident is not required to be present. If they choose to be present they may be present throughout the hearing or any portion of it. He/she may also sit behind a screen, call over the telephone, or through electronic means. Each student may have their student advocate help them in a panel. 

More detailed information regarding the procedures involving allegations of sexual misconduct can be found on pgs. 23-25 of the Student Handbook

University Police (CNUPD)

To Report an Incident call 757-594-7777 or stop by the CNU Police Station. 

A student may choose to report an incident to CNUPD and/or file criminal charges. When a student reports an incident to CNUPD,  University Police who can meet with the student to discuss his/her options in terms of pressing charges or filing a report. University Police are trained in handling sexual assault and interpersonal violence cases. If the assault occurred off campus, meeting with a CNU detective can assist a student in filing a report with a local police department in which the assault occurred. The accusing student may, with or without the assistance of the University, notify law enforcement. This action does not obligate prosecution, but it does make legal action possible if the decision to prosecute is made at a later date. The earlier an incident is reported, the easier it is to collect valuable evidence.

Title IX Coordinator

Michelle Moody, Title IX Coordinator and Director of Equal Opportunity and Faculty Recruitment  757-594-8819 mlmoody@cnu.edu
Kathryn Litle, Title IX Deputy Coordinator and Assistant Dean of Students 757-594-7160 kathryn.litle@cnu.edu 

Title IX is a federal law that prohibits discrimination based on the sex of employees and students in education programs and activities. This discrimination can include sexual harassment, sexual violence, and sexual coercion.  The Title IX Coordinator monitors the University’s response to reports of sexual misconduct to ensure fairness in the process and investigate any civil rights complaints.  Anyone is able to file a Title IX complaint with the coordinator or deputy coordinator.   www.cnu.edu/studentfeedback