Investigation

Investigations may begin in one of two ways.

If the Reporting Party does not wish to remain confidential, they may submit a report of an alleged Title IX violation and a request to the Deputy Title IX Coordinator for an investigation to begin.

If the Reporting Party wishes to remain confidential, and if the request for confidentiality is granted, the University generally will not conduct an investigation. However, under some circumstances, the University may determine that it has an obligation to investigate a report, such as when there is a risk to the campus community. In such circumstances, the complainant will be informed of the decision to investigate.

Once an Investigation has begun, an investigation must be completed. Every Investigation will result in one of three outcomes:

  • Reasonable Cause Exists: If the investigation finds reasonable cause to believe that a Title IX violation occurred and the accused is a student, disciplinary action will be initiated against the accused. Most frequently, this disciplinary action is a hearing.
  • Reasonable Cause Does Not Exist: If the investigator finds there is no reasonable cause to believe that a violation of Title IX occurred, no disciplinary action will be initiated. The failure to find reasonable cause is not equivalent to a false allegation.
  • Unable to Determine Reasonable Cause: If the investigator is unable to conclude that the information obtained establishes a reasonable cause to believe that a Title IX violation occurred, the complainant may still initiate a disciplinary complaint (i.e, a non-Title IX complaint) against the accused. The University reserves the right to pursue disciplinary action if the University believes there is sufficient information to proceed without the participation of the complainant. (Example: If there is not sufficient information to believe that the alleged Title IX occurred, but sufficient information exists to believe that a non-Title IX violation did occur, the University may pursue disciplinary action against the accused student.)

The investigator will request that the reporting party, accused student and relevant witnesses participate in voluntary interviews. At the conclusion of the investigation, the investigator will deliver a report to the accused student and reporting party simultaneously, providing an opportunity to submit comments to the report. The final report will include any comments received, an evaluation of the facts gathered, and a recommendation for whether or not a disciplinary hearing is necessary.