This procedure provides for the prompt, reliable, impartial resolution of complaints of sex discrimination. Complaints will generally be resolved within 60 days of the filing of a complaint; however, in some circumstances, complaints may take longer to resolve (e.g., if filed during university breaks.) If there is a need to extend the timelines set forth below, the Title IX Coordinator will make the determination and notify the parties. Notwithstanding the waiver, complainants who have experienced sexual violence are still encouraged to file complaints. Complainants and respondents will receive regular updates regarding the status of their complaints.
- The university strongly encourages individuals who experience sex discrimination to file complaints as soon as reasonably possible after the alleged sex discrimination occurs to allow for prompt resolution of inappropriate conduct. Complaints should be filed under this procedure within two years of the last act of alleged discrimination, unless extenuating circumstances precluded reporting a complaint within that time frame. The purpose of the time frame is to ensure that the passage of time does not limit the University's ability to conduct an investigation or locate witnesses, as memory lapses and other time-sensitive factors may impair an investigation. Complaints filed outside the two year time frame may be eligible for a discretionary waiver of the filing requirement. Waiver decisions will be made by the Title IX Coordinator in consultation with the General Counsel.
- A complainant may initiate the formal Title IX process by filing a complaint with the Title IX Coordinator or a Deputy Coordinator (contact information provided above). During this meeting, the complainant will receive a copy of the university’s Title IX policies and procedures, and information about the Title IX process, how to file a complainant with law enforcement, how to obtain interim measures, and information about on- and off-campus resources.
- Within seven days of the filing of a complaint, a Deputy Title IX Coordinator or designee will generally initiate a meeting with the respondent. During this meeting, the respondent will receive notice of the complaint allegations, a copy of the university’s Title IX policies and procedures, and information about the Title IX process. The respondent also will be provided an opportunity to discuss the nature of the complaint allegations.
- Within 14 days of the filing of a complaint, a Deputy Title IX Coordinator or designee will begin interviewing witnesses, as appropriate, and review relevant evidence. The complainant and the respondent will have an equal opportunity to provide documents and witnesses during the investigation and adjudication of the complaint.
- At the conclusion of the investigation, the Deputy Title IX Coordinator will prepare an interim investigatory report for review by the complainant and respondent. The complainant and respondent will be provided an equal opportunity to review, ask written questions about, and comment in writing on the report. Written input from the complainant and respondent will be incorporated into the report. If necessary, the Deputy Title IX Coordinator will conduct additional investigation prior to finalizing the report. The final report will be provided to the adjudicators (see adjudication process below) within five weeks of the filing of the formal complaint.
- At any time prior to the adjudication of the complaint, a respondent may choose to accept responsibility, at which point the Director of Judicial Affairs may conduct an administrative review to determine appropriate sanctions. Such administrative review generally will be concluded within 60 days of the filing of the formal complaint.
- Adjudication process:
- The university maintains a pool of faculty and staff who receive training at least annually on sexual violence, sexual harassment, and the requirements of Title IX. Adjudication of complaint under this procedure will take place as set forth in the Student Code of Conduct.
- The complainant and respondent will receive concurrent written notice of the outcome of the adjudicatory process.
- Conflicts of interest: If either party believes that a Deputy Title IX Coordinator, investigator, or adjudicator involved in the case has a conflict of interest, the party should inform the Title IX Coordinator to permit a determination of whether a conflict exists and the designation of a replacement for that person.
- Confidentiality: Information shared by the parties as part of the Title IX process will be kept private, consistent with state and federal law.
- Advisors: The parties may be accompanied by an advisor of their choice during the Title IX process. Advisors are not permitted to speak on behalf of the parties during meetings or hearings. See Student Code of Conduct for further discussion of the role of the advisor.
- Mediation: The university does not mediate sexual assault complaints and does not require the complainant to work out an issue directly with the respondent.
- Investigator: The university reserves the right to utilize outside investigators to conduct fact finding during this process.
Prohibition Against Retaliation
The University does not tolerate intimidation, retaliation, or retaliatory harassment against individuals because they filed a complaint, participated in a Title IX investigation, or otherwise asserted rights protected by Title IX. Individuals found responsible for retaliation in violation of Title IX will be held accountable under the Student Code of Conduct. Remedies may be available to complainants, witnesses, and participants in the Title IX process who experience retaliation.
Standard of Review
The university applies the preponderance of the evidence or “more likely than not” standard in investigating, adjudicating, and resolving complaints of sex discrimination, including allegations of sexual harassment or violence.
The complainant and respondent have equal rights to file an appeal. The university maintains a trained pool of individuals who may serve as appeal board panelists. The appeal process will be carried out consistent with the Student Code of Conduct. The complainant and respondent will receive concurrent written notice of the outcome of the appeal process.
Students found responsible for sex discrimination, including sexual violence, under this policy are subject to a range of sanctions up to, and including, suspension and dismissal from the university, as set forth in the Student Code of Conduct. Other sanctions may include removal from housing or changes in academic programming and restrictions on access to the complainant or campus. Third parties may be subject to bans from campus or termination of contractual arrangements with the university.
Following the adjudication of a complaint, remedies may be available for the complainant and campus community, as appropriate. Remedies may include counseling, housing changes, academic support, training and other educational programming.