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Information and resources for respondents in investigations

We recognize being investigated may cause disruptions in your academic and personal responsibilities and obligations.  Respondents (those accused of engaging in misconduct) in our procedure, are assumed to be "not responsible" unless and until a policy violation is found at the conclusion of an investigation process. We encourage you to become familiar with your rights and responsibilities (downloadable pdf) in the process, and to review the information below regarding available campus resources.   You can learn more about the investigation procedure by reviewing the process flowchart or reviewing the procedure itself.  


Both the complainant and respondent may chose an advisor to support them throughout the investigation process.  Advisors may accompanying the student to all meetings and interviews and any live hearing (determination conference). 

  • Faculty or Staff AdvisorWilliam & Mary trains a group of faculty and staff to serve as advisors, and assigns an advisor to each party based on availability.
  • Outside AdvisorA party may instead choose to have an advisor of their choice, including an attorney that they retain.  These outside advisors are not trained by the university. Even if a student chooses to use an outside advisor, they will still have access to a trained university advisor, although only one person can attend interviews and meetings. 
Campus Resources:

Below are resources that are available to you.  Please consider seeking out these resources as they can provide vital support:

Counseling Center at William & Mary (Confidential) 757-221-3620
The Counseling Center, located in the McLeod Tyler Wellness Center, offers a range of mental health services to students wanting help with personal concerns. Services include outreach and presentation activities; individual, couples, and group therapy; as well as consultation to friends, faculty, and parents/guardians concerned about a student in distress.

Student Health Center (Confidential) 757-221-2998
The Student Health Center, located in the McLeod Tyler Wellness Center, provides a full-range of primary care services including the evaluation, treatment and prevention of all kinds of acute or chronic physical, mental and social health issues.