Procedures

The University investigates all claims of discrimination, including sexual harassment, violence or misconduct. Disciplinary procedures involving allegations of sex discrimination will be conducted promptly and will be thorough, equitable, and impartial. The standard of proof in such disciplinary proceedings shall be that of the preponderance of the evidence, which is based upon whether it is more likely than not that a violation occurred. Refer to The Bulletin, Section 12.3.9 for further information and Section 12.3.7 for the Definition of Roles.

Interim measures:

The Title IX Coordinator will respond with prompt and equitable action that can include interim measures, such as a “no contact” order. Both the complainant and respondent will have the option of changing on-campus residence and/or an adjustment to their academic schedule, if such changes are reasonably available.

Initial meeting with Title IX Coordinator or designee:

The complainant and the respondent will both have the opportunity to meet with the Title IX Coordinator to discuss the investigation process; receive their Statement of Rights and ask any questions they may have. Once the initial meeting(s) has taken place, the Title IX Coordinator will assign the case to the Dean of Students or other trained designee for investigation. All investigations will be kept as confidential as possible and any information gathered during the investigation is disclosed only on a “need to know” basis. At the conclusion of the investigation, the investigator creates a Report of Investigation. 

The Title IX Coordinator shall review the Report of Investigation. If a determination is made that the available information will not support a violation, then the respondent will not be charged and the complainant and respondent will simultaneously be provided written notice of that determination.

If the Title IX Coordinator determines that there is sufficient information that a respondent may have committed a violation of this Policy, then the Title IX Coordinator refers the matter to the hearing coordinator, who will then begin the process of convening a hearing panel.