Resolution Process for Alleged Violations
Process A and the procedures below apply only to qualifying allegations of sexual harassment (including, sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking, involving students, staff, administrator, or faculty members within the scope of Title IX jurisdiction.
The Title IX Regulations of 2020 have defined in detail the complaints of sexual harassment that fall under the jurisdiction of Title IX and require a specific protocol for addressing and resolving a grievance. Specifically Sexual Harassment as defined by Title IX is conduct on the basis of sex that satisfies one or more of the following: (1) An employee of the University conditioning the provision of an aid, benefit, or service of the University on an individual’s participation in unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature, whether verbal or physical; (2) Unwelcome conduct determined by a reasonable person to be so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it effectively denies a person equal access to the University’s education program or activity; or (3) “Sexual assault” as defined in 20 U.S.C. 1092(f)(6)(A)(v), “dating violence” as defined in 34 U.S.C. 12291(a)(10), “domestic violence” as defined in 34 U.S.C. 12291(a)(8), or “stalking” as defined in 34 U.S.C. 12291(a)(30).
Process B applies to sexual misconduct (including sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking, and sexual exploitation) when jurisdiction does not fall within Process A, as determined by the Title IX Coordinator.
Upon receipt of a complaint or notice to the Title IX Coordinator of an alleged violation of the Policy, University initiates a prompt initial assessment to determine the next steps the University needs to take.
The University will initiate at least one of three responses:
1) Offering supportive measures because the Complainant does not want to proceed formally; and/or
2) An informal resolution; and/or
3) A formal investigation and grievance process that includes a live hearing and a finding.
The investigation and grievance process will determine whether or not the Policy has been violated. If so, the University will promptly implement effective remedies designed to ensure that it is not deliberately indifferent to harassment or discrimination, their potential recurrence, or their effects.