College administrators are authorized to issue a No Contact Order (NCO) prohibiting contact between students when there exists a reasonable concern that physical or psychological harm may result from such contact, or when an NCO is requested as a supportive measure through the Office of Educational Equity. The terms of an NCO will be reasonably tailored to the particular risks of harm. NCOs are a non-punitive measure and the information below seeks to clarify their scope.
The College will consider all facts and circumstances that may be relevant to whether an NCO should be issued, including, but not limited to, the following factors:
NCOs can not ensure that students will not see one another on the campus nor be in close proximity to one another. Rather, they serve to limit potential interactions between the parties.
All NCOs provide that one student may not have contact with the other. Contact includes physical contact as well as communication, including but 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 through proxies.
NCOs may be issued by the following administrators:
Violations of No Contact Orders are subject to discipline under the Student Code of Conduct or the retaliation provisions of the Policy on Equal Opportunity, Harassment and Non-Discrimination, as appropriate. Be advised that failure to comply with this NCO may also result in criminal charges by the Department of Public Safety relating to Harassment, Stalking or other charges. This NCO encompasses both on-campus and off campus activity. To report a potential violation of an NCO, students should contact Public Safety and/or the Dean of Students, Assistant Dean of Students, or Title IX Coordinator.
A request for an NCO does not automatically result in the issuance of an NCO. There may be times that individuals will be referred to other forms of conflict resolution, such as mediation with their Resident Adviser or a professional staff member.
An NCO may be imposed by the College without an individual’s request, including if there is an ongoing investigation. A student seeking the modification or rescission of an NCO shall contact the Dean of Students, Assistant Dean of Students, and/or Office of Educational Equity. The appropriate administrator shall consult with both parties before determining whether or not to modify or rescind the NCO. NCOs will be reviewed on an annual basis. Notice will be given to all parties before an NCO is rescinded and there will be an opportunity for parties to request the NCO remain in place.
No Contact Orders all have some parameters in common. They are also tailored to particular risks of harm, meaning additional options can be considered based on the specifics of a situation.
An administrator can help you explore mediated requests for additional stipulations. These are requests you can make that an administrator would explore with the other party. Absent a responsible finding, these would be voluntary agreements by either/both parties that an administrator would help facilitate. Examples include:
Below are examples of resources students have found helpful.
Lafayette College Resources
The following are non-exhaustive lists of examples of behaviors that are and are not covered by a standard No Contact Order. These are the most common situations that prompt questions. If you have a concern not covered here, please contact the appropriate administrator.
NCOs issued or continued after a responsible finding in a conduct process (including Educational Equity processes) 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 NCO, when deemed necessary by the College. Any additional terms shall be expressly stated in the NCO. Additional protective measures or other terms need not be reciprocal. They may include, but are not limited to, the following: