Investigation Process

The below information is intended to provide information regarding the investigation process.  The Sex Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct policy is the official procedure by which the process is implemented.  Rights, Rules, Responsibilities section 1.3.12 should be consulted for information regarding investigation and disciplinary procedures for cases when the respondent is a student; Rights, Rules, Responsibilities section 1.3.13 should be consulted for information regarding investigation and disciplinary procedures for cases when the respondent is a faculty or staff member.

Prior to being interviewed by the investigative panel, the complainant and the respondent will meet (separately) with the Director of Gender Equity and Title IX Administration, who will explain the process in detail and will answer any questions that the parties may have regarding the process. 

These documents include information regarding the following topics:  

  • Gathering Evidence
  • Discussing the Investigation 
  • Interviews
  • Recording
  • Nature of the Questioning
  • Notice of Allegations and Case File
  • Review of Case File
  • Outcome
  • Penalty 
  • Notification regarding Outcome
  • Length of Investigation
  • Appeals
  • Retaliation

Please note that some different procedures may apply if the Expedited Process is used or if one of the parties is not a member of the University community.  For more information, see Rights, Rules, Responsibilities sections 1.3.12 #4 (Expedited Process) and 1.3.14 (Non-Member of the University Community).