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A Respondent has the right to know what allegations have been made in order to properly prepare a defense.

1.

Notice of Complaint

A complaint is filed and the respondent is notified.

The Title IX Administrator determines if the allegations are credible and, if true, would result in a violation of school policy.

2.

Preliminary Inquiry

A Title IX Administrator evaluates the complaint and determines if an investigation is warranted.

A formal investigation must be impartial and seek out both inculpatory and exculpatory evidence. (Evidence that both helps and hurts the Respondent)

3.

Formal Investigation

 

An Investigator collects statements and evidence to create a formal report.

The totality of the investigation must be fairly presented. Evidence and Witness Statements must be evaluated for probative value.

4.

Hearing/Report Review

The Report and other factors are reviewed to determine if a violation has occurred.

Using a preponderance standard (usually), the Decision Maker must determine whether, more likely than not, a policy violation has occurred.

5.

Determinations

A finding of responsible or not responsible is found using preponderance of the evidence.

Sanctions can vary from Reprimand to Expulsion (for Students) and Termination (for Employees). Visit the Sanctions Page for more information.

6.

Sanctions

If found responsible, appropriate sanctions are determined and given out.

Appeals are typically limited to instances of procedural error, unfair practice, or the discovery of previously unavailable evidence. Merely being dissatisfied with the outcome is likely not enough.

7.

Appeal

Under specific circumstances, an appeal may be available to either side of the complaint.