Complaints Against Faculty, Staff and Other Non-Students
Any individual who believes that he or she has been the object of sexual misconduct by a member of the faculty, staff, or other non-student may raise the concern and bring a complaint through these procedures.
Informal Resolution is designed to eliminate a hostile environment without a formal investigation and hearing. It can involve a variety of different remedies tailored to the involved individuals.
Discrimination Policy Advisers (DPAs), the Title IX Coordinator or Assistant Title IX Coordinator, a Human Resources staff member, or a staff supervisor or Dean may informally resolve concerns.
A formal complaint will be initiated through a DPA or the Title IX Coordinator. Once the respondent has been notified of the complaint an investigation will be conducted by appointed Investigator(s) who will interview the parties and other witnesses as necessary.
Upon completion of the investigation, the investigator(s) will prepare an investigative report. The investigative report will be reviewed by a three-person Investigation and Review Panel (IRP). If the IRP has any questions, it may meet with the Investigator(s) in person and/or may request that the parties separately meet with the IRP. Once the IRP has determined that it has sufficient information to make a decision, it will discuss the matter outside the presence of the Investigator(s) and the parties and will make a determination on whether it is more likely than not that University policy was violated. If a violation is found, it will recommend sanctions to the appropriate Co-Chair.
Either the Complainant or Respondent may appeal a finding of a policy violation/non-violation and/or a sanction. The appeal will be heard by a three-person Appeal Panel.
Throughout the formal complaint process both complainants and respondents have the right to an Advisor of Choice.
Discrimination Policy Advisers and Investigation Review Officer Resources:
- Appeal Panel Report
- Discrimination Policy Report Form
- Investigation Review Panel Report
- Investigation Summary Template