If you have been named in a complaint of discrimination or harassment you have the right to expect:
- To be treated with respect and without prejudice or presumption. When you interact with the investigations office you are presumed not to be in violation of any university policy unless otherwise determined through the appropriate university process.
- An explanation of the complaint that has been filed against you and by whom.
- To know of any interim limitations or restrictions placed upon you as a result of the complaint.
- To know the status of the complaint at any point in the process.
- Access to available university resources and support.
- You may have an advisor of your choosing to assist you during the process, as long as your advisor is not also a witness in the same matter and does not delay or obstruct the process. Your advisor may accompany you to all administrative meetings and proceedings related to the resolution of a complaint, including interviews with the investigator. Please note, however, that generally an advisor is a support person and should not speak for the respondent during the administrative process.
Protection from Retaliation
When you are named in a discrimination/harassment complaint you become part of the official university resolution process. Should you believe that you are the subject of an act of retaliation as a result of being named in a report or participating in the resolution process, contact the Office of Investigations and Civil Rights Compliance (OICRC) immediately.
Information Shared with OICRC
The Office of Investigations and Civil Rights Compliance makes every attempt to appropriately safeguard information.
Respondent Support Services (Students)
The Respondent Resource Coordinator will reach out to students accused of Title-IX related conduct code violations in order to offer and provide individualized support services. Students accused of sexual misconduct subject to the Student Conduct Standard Operating Procedures can contact the Respondent Resource Coordinator by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
You May Request Information Regarding the Process and Assistance in Dealing with the Process
As a participant in the resolution process, it is important that you are aware of the process that is being used to address and resolve the complaint. The investigations office will keep you apprised of the various stages of the resolution process and when the office takes any action related to addressing and resolving the issues. Additionally, you may request assistance from the investigations office with accessing university resources available to you throughout the process.