During the initial conversation with the Title IX coordinator you will be advised on your rights and options, including informal resolutions when appropriate.
Confidentiality: Ordinarily this information will be held in confidence until you agree, or the institution feels compelled, to share critical information on a strictly need to know basis as part of the resolution.
Throughout the process, every effort is made to protect the individual bringing the complaint from reprisals and to protect the accused from irresponsible complaints.
The reporting party may choose to end an informal process at any time and submit a formal grievance.
To file a formal grievance, a written statement and documentation should be provided to the Title IX coordinator or administrator conducting the investigation. xviii. The Title IX coordinator or investigating administrator will determine the merit of the written statement. In cases of sexual harassment or sexual violence, an effort will be made to immediately notify both parties to refrain from communication or contact to avoid the appearance of reprisals.
If the grievance is not dismissed and is within the scope of the institution’s grievance process, the Title IX coordinator or administrator will interview all parties relevant to the complaint, and review all information and documentation relevant to the grievance.
The Title IX coordinator or investigating administrator will consult with other University offices as necessary in reaching a decision regarding the written grievance. The investigating administrator will prepare a written report of their findings, conclusions, and actions to be taken, if any, and will determine with whom to share the report. xxi. Both parties will be notified simultaneously of the outcome in writing; including information related to appeals.
For further information on the grievance process related to employee sexual misconduct, see the Sexual Harassment and Consensual Relationships and Grievance policy (pdf)
For further information on the grievance process related to student sexual misconduct see the Student Rights and Responsibilities Code (pdf)