Complainant and Respondent Rights and Expectations

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  • The right to have complaints of sexual misconduct responded to quickly and professionally by campus law enforcement, the Office of Student Conduct & Community Standards and the Title IX Coordinator;
  • The right to an investigation and equitable resolution of all credible complaints of sexual misconduct made in good faith to university administrators;
  • The right to be treated with respect by university officials;
  • The right to be notified of available counseling, mental health or student services, both on campus and in the community;
  • The right to be informed by university officials of the various reporting options;
  • The right to have an advisor or advocate accompany and assist in the campus investigation and hearing process. This advisor can be anyone, including an attorney (provided at the student’s own cost), but the advisor may not take part directly in the investigation or hearing itself, though they may communicate with the student as necessary;
  • The right to notification of and options for, and available assistance in, reasonably available interim measures;
  • Freedom from retaliation for making a good faith report of sexual misconduct or participating in any proceeding under the Sexual Misconduct Policy;
  • The responsibility to refrain from retaliation directed against any person for making a good faith report or participating in any proceeding under the Sexual Misconduct Policy;
  • The right to an adequate, reliable and impartial investigation closed to the public;
  • The right to have any complaint of sexual misconduct fairly adjudicated and not mediated;
  • The opportunity for procedural due process;
  • The responsibility to provide truthful information in connection with any report, investigation, or resolution under the Sexual Misconduct Policy or these procedures;
  • The opportunity to articulate concerns or issues about proceedings under the Sexual Misconduct Policy or these proceedings;
  • The right not to have irrelevant prior sexual history admitted as evidence in a campus hearing;
  • The right to submit an impact statement to the Sanctioning Administrator after the panel renders a decision;
  • The right to be fully informed of campus conduct rules and procedures as well as the nature and extent of all alleged violations contained within the complaint;
  • The right to have complaints investigated and heard by investigators and administrators who have received annual sexual misconduct training;
  • The right to ask the investigators to identify and question relevant witnesses;
  • The right to review all documentary evidence provided in the investigative report regarding the complaint (subject to the privacy limitations imposed by state and federal law and/or cannot be revealed for compelling safety reasons), at least 48 hours prior to the hearing, and the right to challenge documentary evidence;
  • The right to preservation of privacy, to the extent possible and allowed by law;
  • The right to be promptly informed of the outcome and sanction of any conduct hearing involving sexual misconduct and/or any violent crime offenses;
  • The right to appeal the findings in accordance with the standards of appeal established for sexual misconduct cases;
  • The right to be considered for amnesty of other minor Student Code of Conduct violations when reporting a sexual misconduct incident;
  • The right to have the disclosure of this information governed by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act and to only permit exceptions that are allowed by FERPA legislation. You can find out more information about the disclosing of information by clicking here.

For more information pertaining to the complaint process please visit the Complaint Procedure FAQ page.