The University can provide a wide variety of temporary support measures to assist survivors and protect them from retaliation.

The following are some examples:

  • No contact order - If the alleged perpetrator is a Catholic University student, the University can issue a no-contact order that prohibits interaction between two students. The no-contact order does not assume guilt and is not a finding of responsibility. Sometimes the no-contact order needs to be customized for a particular situation. For example, if two students are taking the same class, the order may prohibit them from sitting on the same side of class or talking with each other in the classroom.
  • Civil protection order (CPO) - DPS can help victims obtain a CPO from the D.C. Police. The CPO typically prohibits the alleged perpetrator from coming within a specific distance of the victim. CPO's are preferable to a campus no-contact order if the alleged perpetrator is not a Catholic University student or if the victim lives off-campus.
  • Residential changes - If the victim and the alleged perpetrator live in the same residence hall, the Dean of Students can arrange for one of the students to move to an equivalent space in a different residence hall.
  • Academic assistance - Many victims suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. The Dean of Students can work with a student's professors to postpone deadlines for papers or project and reschedule tests or exams.