A no contact directive is issued when there is reason to believe that a directive would be in the best interest of the involved parties and/or the community for promoting civility, safety and well-being.
No contact directives are not similar to court imposed restraining/protective orders and do not guarantee that designated parties will avoid sightings or passing interactions on the campus or in the local community. In some circumstances, a no contact directive may restrict a student from parts of the campus where he/she would not have to engage in required academic activities. Students who are concerned about personal safety should contact College Security.
The college 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 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; and
- When there are allegations of serious college policy violations.
All no contact directives shall provide that neither student may have contact with the other. “Contact” includes, but is not necessarily 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.
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 directives, when deemed necessary by the college. Any additional terms shall be expressly stated in the directive. Additional protective measures or other terms need not be reciprocal. They may include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Restricting a student from being in close proximity to the other student;
- Restricting a student’s access to certain campus locations,
- 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.
Unless the no contact directive expressly provides otherwise or is modified or rescinded by the College. Each no contact directive will remain in effect and be binding for as long as the individual is a Blue Ridge Community and Technical College Student.
Violations of no contact directives are subject to discipline under the Code of Student Conduct.