Order of No Contact
An Order of No Contact is issued by The Office of the Dean of Students. Mutual no contact orders are not disciplinary actions and are not a finding of wrongdoing by either person. Orders of No Contact are designed primarily to prevent intentional contact. Students who have been issued Orders of No Contact should remove themselves immediately from the area if they encounter each other. Incidental contact is not considered a violation of an Order of No Contact. This includes, but is not limited to, unintentionally passing the involved individual(s) on-campus or unexpectedly seeing an individual involved in the order on-campus building or residence hall. During incidental contact, students must remove themselves from the area as quickly as reasonably possible.
Contact Refers to:
Any intentional words or actions including, but not limited to:
- Destruction or vandalism of the above named person’s property
- In-person communication (oral or written) both on and off-campus
- Use or threats of physical violence both on and off-campus
- Telephone calls, text messages, instant messages, emails, or any form of social media
- In-person, nonverbal communication, including gestures, both on or off campus
Orders of No Contact prohibit contact by a third party acting on the individual’s behalf to intimidate, harass, threaten, coerce, or frighten. Third parties may include friends, family members, other students, or others, to make contact on one’s behalf in order to harass or intimidate others.
In an effort to maintain the privacy of all involved while recognizing ongoing need for support, students are encouraged to only discuss situations involving Orders of No Contact on an as needed basis with confidential or trusted resources.
Please be aware that retaliation against members of the University community for making reports of potential non-compliance with University policies is strictly prohibited, and is subject to disciplinary action up to and including expulsion from the University.
A student concerned for their safety on campus should contact the Department of Public Safety at (202) 319-5111 or call 911 if off campus.
If you have any questions regarding Orders of No Contact, please contact the Office of the Dean of Students at (202) 319-5619 or firstname.lastname@example.org.