Supportive Measures

The university may offer supportive measures to individuals (students, faculty, and staff) who have experienced sexual misconduct or discrimination while at the university. Supportive measures are designed to address an individual's safety and well-being and to allow the individual continued access to educational or employment opportunities.

Possible Supportive Measures

  • Assistance with academic accommodations
  • Assistance with preserving eligibility for federal financial aid and university programs
  • Connection to resources on and off campus
  • Assistance in addressing safety concerns such as through no contact orders

Supportive measures may be provided regardless of whether an individual chooses to participate in a police investigation, university formal investigation, or the university's informal resolution process. Reasonable supportive measures are made available to both claimants and respondents during the formal investigation process.

How to Get Help

If you have experienced sexual misconduct or discrimination and would like to request supportive measures, you can get help in three ways:

  1. File a report at equity.usu.edu/report.
  2. Schedule an intake with an Office of Equity supportive measures specialist.
    • If you are located at the Logan, Blanding, or Statewide campuses, you can schedule an intake with Rachel Bernardo.
    • If you are located at the Eastern campus, you can schedule an intake with Katie Freeman.
  3. Submit the supportive measures intake form
    • You will need to log into ServiceNow with your A number and password to access the online form.
    • If you have any questions while completing the intake form, call the Office of Equity at (435) 797-1266.

Rachel Bernardo, MA

Rachel Bernardo, MA

Supportive Measures Specialist

rachel.bernardo@usu.edu

Katie Freeman, BA

Katie Freeman, BA

Prevention/Supportive Measures Specialist

katie.freeman@usu.edu

Assessment Factors

The Office of Equity assesses whether a supportive measure request is reasonable using the following factors:

  • The date and nature of the incident
  • The long-term impact on the successful completion of a degree
  • The impact of the request on the professor, supervisor and/or department
  • University policies and resources

Ongoing Supportive Measures

The need for ongoing supportive measures will be assessed based on whether the need for support is linked to the sexual misconduct or discrimination incident and whether the request is reasonable.

Referral to Other Resources

The Office of Equity will provide information about additional resources to individuals interacting with the office. Individuals are encouraged to seek support from campus and community resources in addition to working with an Office of Equity supportive measures specialist or the Office of Equity investigation team.

If the incident does not fall within the Office of Equity's jurisdiction or the individual needs additional support that cannot be requested by a supportive measures specialist, the individual will be referred to other campus and community resources.

Information about other resources is located in the Sexual Misconduct Resource Guide.