In addition, colleges and universities should adopt the same standard of holding abusers accountable that has been adopted by the criminal justice system in communities across the state. (See Criminal Justice, Legal, and Judicial Systems.) They should work with local domestic violence service providers, students, and representatives from all levels of the institution to develop written policies and procedures for reinforcing accountability and consequences for student abusers of violence in dating relationships. The response to abusers should be swift, consistent, and commensurate. Appropriate response procedures should be developed and implemented, including campus security procedures.
When there is a "stay-away" order of protection and the abuser shares one or more classes with the victim, the responsibility for changing class schedules to limit access should fall on the abuser. A victim should not be involuntarily penalized in the implementation of safety-related strategies.
f.Colleges and universities should ensure that relevant personnel, including infirmary and clinic staff, disciplinary boards, campus security, counseling staff, and the domestic violence response team members, keep thorough and accurate records regarding dating violence incidences.
Relevant campus personnel should ensure that interactions and observations of abuser behavior are well-documented, including the results of any disciplinary hearings related to violence in dating relationships. Further, accurate documentation of injuries or other presenting health problems that are determined to be violence-related should be so entered in the medical records of student victims. Future or pending legal proceedings or disciplinary hearings might very well draw on the information recorded in an institution's records. In all cases, victims should be informed of the documentation protocol and how to gain access to the records if needed.
g.Colleges and universities should conduct extensive domestic violence education and outreach to students who may be affected, and should develop on-campus support services to respond to students in need.
In conjunction with community-based domestic violence service providers, the domestic violence response teams can be instrumental in developing and implementing student outreach and education strategies, and in fostering the development of on-campus support services for affected students. Services for students can include victim support groups, crisis counseling services, legal advocacy, and assistance in pursuing relief that may be available through the institution. Further, victims should not be discouraged from seeking relief from local law enforcement agencies or the local criminal court. Institutions should be prepared to deal with the media and public awareness of campus-based violence and should use these