Procedures

Intake

A College official will assist the reporting party with making choices and accessing resources. Assuming the reporting party chooses to move forward with a campus resolution, the next step is a preliminary inquiry.

All resolutions will be conducted by officials who receive annual training on issues related to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking, and on how to conduct an investigation and hearing process that protects the safety of all students and promotes accountability.

The resolution process is private. The College will protect the privacy of reporting parties, consistent with federal law. Title IX-related resolutions are not subject to publicly available record-keeping provisions. Any release of information about a resolution will be accomplished without the inclusion of identifying information about the victim, to the extent permissible by law.

Preliminary Inquiry

An initial determination is made about the allegations and whether to move them forward to a formal investigation. This decision is made by the Title IX Coordinator, taking into account the nature of the allegations and the reporting party’s wishes. If the decision is made to move forward, the Coordinator refers the allegations to

Investigations

A trained investigator will provide an investigation that is prompt, thorough, reliable, equitable, fair, and impartial. They will interview reporting and responding parties and witnesses, and prepare summary reports. View the steps in the investigative process.

Hearings

The hearing panel will have the opportunity to question the investigators during hearings. The panel may return the initial report to the investigator for modification. The parties may make opening and closing statements to address the issues raised in the investigator’s report. A complainant and a respondent will never need to confront each other directly.  Sexual misconduct is a serious offense and both parties have the right to question each other.  However, the College does provide options for allowing questioning without direct contact.

Standard of Evidence

The College uses a preponderance of evidence standard. Decision-makers consider whether, given the available credible evidence, it is more likely than not that a violation occurred.

Past History

The past sexual history or character of an individual is not considered unless it is determined to be highly relevant. All such information sought to be entered for consideration by a party or the College will be presumed irrelevant until evidence of its relevance is offered. The existence of a pattern of behavior by a responding party may be relevant to the finding and sanction imposed. Both parties will be notified in advance if such information has been deemed relevant and will be considered during the process.

Final Determination

The parties will be informed in writing of the outcome of the resolution, without significant delay between the notifications to each party. This notice will include the procedures for appealing the decision, any change to the results that occurs prior to the time that such results become final, and when results are considered to be final.

Appeals

All parties involved in sexual misconduct proceedings may appeal decisions within 5 business days on the basis of the 3 grounds permitted by the College’s policies. All parties are included in any appeal reconsideration and have equal rights of participation. See The Scot’s Key for further details.