Title IX Grievance Procedures

Resolving Sexual Misconduct

Once a report of sexual misconduct is filed, and appropriate interim measures may be put in place and an investigation will occur. This investigation will be managed by University staff members who have been trained to appropriately investigate these allegations, along with the Title IX Coordinator. The investigation will only involve individuals who are necessary for the process. Upon completion of the investigation, a report will be made to the Title IX Coordinator and the matter may be resolved a number of different ways. Cases involving physical contact or severe harassment will likely be resolved through a faculty and staff Community Standards Board hearing process. Please see the appropriate section in the Student Handbook for specific details regarding this process. Cases involving lower levels of misconduct may be resolved by the Board process, or by other means through the Student Conduct office including mediation, one-on-one hearings, or other remedial measures. The Title IX Coordinator will determine the most appropriate method for resolving the matter after reviewing the investigators’ report.

Sanctions and Remedies

 Any student found responsible for violating the policy on Non-Consensual or Forced Sexual Contact (where no intercourse has occurred) will likely receive a recommended sanction ranging from probation to expulsion, depending on the severity of the incident, and taking into account any previous campus conduct code violations.*

 Any student found responsible for violating the policy on Non-Consensual or Forced Sexual Intercourse will likely face a recommended sanction of suspension or expulsion.*

 Any student found responsible for violating the policy on sexual exploitation or sexual harassment will likely receive a recommended sanction ranging from warning to expulsion, depending on the severity of the incident, and taking into account any previous campus conduct code violations.*

*The Hearing Officer or Board reserves the right to broaden or lessen any range of recommended sanctions in the case of serious mitigating circumstances or egregiously offensive behavior. Neither the initial hearing officers nor any appeals body or officer will deviate from the range of recommended sanctions unless compelling justification exists to do so.

 

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