Conflicts of Interest

The University is committed to investigating and adjudicating sexual misconduct matters in a manner that is fair and equitable to all parties involved, including that such investigations are free of actual or reasonably perceived conflicts of interest.  To that end, University policy establishes that those who investigate and adjudicate sexual misconduct matters must be impartial and unbiased.  In addition, under existing procedures, all individuals who are involved in the Title IX process, including those who set penalties and hear appeals, are required to identify any real or perceived conflicts of interest and recuse themselves as necessary.  Further, complainants and respondents in Title IX matters can suggest to the Title IX Coordinator that a particular individual be recused from their case due to concerns of bias or lack of impartiality; the ultimate decision concerning whether recusal is warranted rests with the Provost. 

For more information, see Rights, Rules, Responsibilities sections 1.3.12 and 1.3.13.