What Happens After a Complaint is Made?

Accommodations and Interim Measures

Once an incident has been reported, the Title IX Coordinator or Case Manager will arrange for accommodations for the Complainant as needed.  The Title IX Coordinator or Case Manager will be responsible for contacting faculty, the Department of Housing and Residence Life, and any other relevant parties to make necessary accommodations, such as changes to academic, University housing, transportation, or University employment arrangements.  The Title IX Coordinator or Case Manager can also coordinate arrangements with the Office of Disability Services and/or the Office of International Programs, as necessary.

The Title IX Coordinator or Case Manager will assist the Complainant in connecting with both on-campus and off-campus resources, including counseling, health, mental health, victim advocacy, legal assistance, and other services, if requested.  Please see the Interpersonal Violence Resource Guide for many of these on- and off-campus resources. 

The Title IX Coordinator in consultation with the Director of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity, will also determine whether any interim measures, including but not limited to interim suspension, are necessary.

Formal Title IX Investigation/Conduct Procedures

The University is committed to fostering an environment that encourages prompt reporting of all types of sexual and interpersonal misconduct; a timely response to reports; and a fair, impartial, and equitable investigation and resolution process. The University strives to investigate and resolve cases of alleged sexual and interpersonal misconduct within sixty (60) days of the initial report, excluding any appeal(s). In the University's experience, however, circumstances including, but not limited to, parallel criminal investigations, multiple witnesses, and difficulties within availability and scheduling, almost always exist; therefore, many cases may take up to one hundred twenty (120) days to be resolved. If the student conduct process is initiated, a trained staff member (called the Title IX Investigator) will talk with the Complainant and the Respondent separately in order to gather facts surrounding the incident in question. The Title IX Investigator will also interview any witnesses that are identified by the parties and gather other physical and documentary evidence. Throughout the process, both the Complainant and the Respondent are entitled to the same rights and opportunities, including having an advisor present at any related meeting or hearing, providing evidence to support their side, and appealing any decisions. Additionally, both the Complainant and the Respondent may be represented, at their own expense, by a Representative during the conduct procedures. 

A Respondent is responsible for a violation of the Code if the evidence shows that it is more likely than not that they committed the violation (also called “preponderance of the evidence”).  If the Director of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity, Respondent, and Complainant all agree on appropriate findings and sanctions, the matter could be resolved without a hearing. In other cases, a trained hearing officer will make a determination on responsibility and a recommendation on sanction(s), which can be appealed.  The Complainant and the Respondent will be simultaneously notified, in writing, of:

(1) the outcome of the student conduct process,

(2) the procedures for each party to appeal the results,

(3) any change to the results prior to the finalization of the results, and

(4) when the results become final. 

Throughout the process, a Complainant is not required to face or interact with the Respondent directly. The student conduct process provides a prompt, fair, and impartial investigation and resolution to complaints. The University officials involved in the process have received annual training on the conduct process and specialized training surrounding sexual misconduct, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking cases. These officials include investigators, hearing officers, staff advisors, and appellate officers.