No Contact Orders

The University may issue a "No Contact Order" if deemed appropriate by the University or at the request of the complainant or accused.

A No Contact Order will be issued to prevent a person from contacting another person. The confidentiality of the person’s identity cannot be maintained when a No Contact Order is issued to keep a student alleged to have violated the Code of Student Conduct from having contact with the person making the request for no contact. A No Contact Order does not constitute a finding of responsibility for violating University policy.

A. Definition

No Contact Orders are directives issued by the Dean of Students or designee, Office of Ethics and Student Conflict Resolution (OESCR) or Miami University Police prohibiting communication between or among designated students. No Contact Orders are issued when, in the judgment of the Dean of Students or designee, OESCR or Miami University Police there is reason to believe that an order would be in the best interest of the parties and/or the community for maintaining peace and safety. Such situations include, but are not limited to: harassment, threats, physical assault, stalking, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual misconduct, retaliation or other disruptive behaviors as indicated in the Code of Student Conduct. No Contact Orders prohibit all forms of communication between designated students, direct or indirect, written, electronic or through a third party.

B. Authority

No Contact Orders differ from court imposed restraining orders and do not guarantee that designated parties will avoid sightings or passing incidental interactions on campus or in the local community. In some circumstances, No Contact Orders may restrict a student from parts of the campus except for required academic activities. The University may establish an appropriate schedule for the accused and complainant to access applicable buildings and property at a time when the other party is not accessing such buildings and property. Students who are concerned about personal safety should contact University Police or local police. Students who have questions about No Contact orders may speak with the Office of Dean of Students.

C. Issuance

  1. No Contact Orders may be issued for incident(s) that occur on or off campus.
  2. No Contact Orders may be issued to all person involved in an incident. This includes the complainant, the accused, witnesses and any other students involved. No Contact Orders may be delivered by e-mail, campus mail, or in person by a University Police officer or the Dean of Students’, OESCR’s or Residence Life’s staff.
  3. A No Contact Order may be issued at any time and may also be part of the terms of a summary suspension, OESCR investigation or final sanction.
  4. Students who violate a No Contact Order will face discipline under the Code of Student Conduct.

D. Process for the Review of No Contact Order

Any person subject to a No Contact Order may, upon request, be afforded a prompt review, reasonable under the circumstances, of the need for and terms of a no contact order, including potential modification, and shall be allowed to submit evidence in support of the request. To request a review of the No Contact order, please contact the Office that issued the order or the Office of the Dean of Students at 513-529-1877 or deanofstudents@miamioh.edu.