Filing an Internal Complaint

Anyone who seeks to make a make a complaint or report may file an internal complaint with the Title IX coordinator, thereby invoking the University’s internal disciplinary process.

To make a complaint or report:

For more information about reporting to the Title IX coordinator, see Rights, Rules, Responsibilities section 1.3.8.

Initial Assessment 

Once the Title IX Coordinator has received a report, the Title IX Coordinator will conduct an initial assessment by asking the reporting person and/or the complainant for some basic information.  Reports may be made directly by complainants, or by third-party reporters.  Upon receipt of such a report, the Title IX Coordinator will respond to any immediate health or safety concerns raised by the report.  At the end of the initial assessment, the Title IX Coordinator will consider what support or accommodations may be appropriate to preserve the complainant’s educational or workplace experience and the safety of all parties and the broader University community.  The Title IX Coordinator will also decide which of the following will happen next:

If the Title IX Coordinator determines that the complaint, even if substantiated, would not rise to the level of a policy violation; the nature and circumstances of the report do not make it appropriate for an investigation; or, after consultation with the complainant about the complainant’s preferences regarding participation, the Title IX Coordinator determines that there will be insufficient information to investigate the matter, the Title IX Coordinator may dismiss the complaint.

If the Title IX Coordinator determines that the complaint is outside the scope of this policy and/or most appropriately handled by another office, the Title IX Coordinator may refer the complaint to another office for review.

If the Title IX Coordinator determines that the complaint or report would, if substantiated, constitute a violation of this policy, the Title IX Coordinator will determine appropriate interim measures and initiate an investigation.

For more information, see Rights, Rules and Responsibilities section 1.3.10 #2.

Confidentiality, Privacy, and Anonymity

The University will always try to use discretion in order to protect the privacy of individuals who are involved in alleged incidents of sexual misconduct or other types of sex discrimination. Because it has an obligation to try to investigate and address alleged incidents, however, the University cannot guarantee confidentiality. Only information shared with confidential resources is privileged and will not be shared with others.

Once an alleged incident has come to the University's attention, the Title IX Coordinator may notify residential college staff and other University employees of the existence of the complaint in order to address any concerns. While not bound by confidentiality, these individuals will be discreet and will respect the privacy of those involved in the process.

If the complainant’s identity is made known to the University, but the complainant asks to remain anonymous during the investigation, the Title IX Coordinator will consider how to proceed.  The Title IX Coordinator will take into account the complainant’s articulated concerns; the best interests of the University community; fair treatment of all individuals involved, including the respondent’s right to have specific notice of the allegations if the University were to take action that affects the respondent; and the University’s obligations under Title IX.  In such circumstances, the Title IX Coordinator may arrange for limited fact-finding by an investigator to better understand the context of the complaint.

For more information, see Rights, Rules, Responsibilities sections 1.3.5 and 1.3.8.

“Statute of Limitations”

There is no “statute of limitations” on filing a complaint of sexual misconduct with the University, and complainants may report a concern at any time.  However, complainants are encouraged to come forward as soon as possible because it is often the case that the sooner an incident is reported, the more effectively it can be investigated.  Furthermore, if the alleged perpetrator is no longer a student or employee by the time the report is made, the University may not be able to take disciplinary action against that person, although the University will still endeavor to provide the complainant with support and service, put a stop to any ongoing misconduct, and address the effects of the misconduct.

For more information, see Rights, Rules, Responsibilities section 1.3.8 #3.