No Contact Directives
University administrators are authorized to issue a No-Contact Directive prohibiting contact between members of the campus community when there exists a reasonable concern that physical or psychological harm may result from such contact. The facts and circumstances of a particular situation must be considered when determining whether a No-Contact Directive should be issued to one (1) student or to both/multiple students involved in a situation. University administrators will not, however, automatically issue reciprocal No-Contact Directives in all situations.
Missouri State University will consider all facts and circumstances that may be relevant to whether a No-Contact Directive should be issued, including, but not limited to, the following factors:
- When there are allegations, threats, or evidence of physical violence by one student against another;
- When there is an allegation or investigation of G1.31 Reporting Allegations of Discrimination on the Basis of a Protected Class;
- When there are allegations, threats, or evidence of emotional abuse or harassment by one student of another;
- When there is a substantial risk of emotional harm from continued contact between students;
- When continued contact between students may have a material impact on campus disciplinary proceedings;
- When requested or agreed to in good faith by both students involved.
“Contact” includes, but is not limited to, in-person contact, telephone calls, email, texts and other forms of electronic communication, social media-based messages or postings, and third-party communications including communications through the use of proxies.
No-Contact Directives may include additional protective measures or other terms specific to the safety, well-being, or other needs of either or both students subject to the No-Contact Directive, when deemed necessary by the University. Any additional terms shall be expressly stated in the No-Contact Directive. Additional protective measures or other terms need not be reciprocal, and may include, without limitation, the following:
- Restricting a student from being in close proximity to the other student;
- Restricting a student’s access to certain campus locations, including the other student’s residence hall;
- Restricting the times a student may be present in on-campus dining facilities;
- Requiring that the students not be enrolled in the same academic course(s); and
- Requiring that the students not participate in the same co-curricular or extra-curricular activities.
- No-Contact Directives may be issued by the following administrators:
- For matters pertaining to the Code of Student Conduct: the Director of Student Conduct or his/her designee; and/or
- For matters pertaining to G1.31 Title IX Policy on Sexual Assault, Stalking and Other Forms of Sexual Misconduct: the Title IX Coordinator, or his/her designee.
The University will review all No-Contact Directives no less frequently than annually. Each No-Contact Directive will remain in effect until the graduation or withdrawal of at least one of the parties, unless the No-Contact Directive expressly provides otherwise, or is modified or rescinded by the University. A student seeking the modification or rescission of a No-Contact Directive shall make such request to the administrator who issued the No-Contact Directive. The issuing administrator shall consult with both parties before determining whether or not to modify or rescind the No-Contact Directive.
Violations of No-Contact Orders are subject to discipline under the Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities.