Investigation Process for Students

The College’s Title IX Investigator will conduct a preliminary investigation to review alleged violations of College policies and decide whether further investigation is necessary. If so, the Committee will conduct a comprehensive investigation to determine if there is reasonable cause to believe that College policy was violated and to determine what specific policy violations should serve as the basis for the complaint. If there is insufficient evidence through the investigation to support reasonable cause, the allegations will be closed with no further action.

The Title IX Investigator will meet with the party bringing the complaint to finalize their statement. All relevant witnesses will be interviewed. The Investigator will obtain and analyze all documentary and physical evidence available. The final investigative report will be shared with the reporting and responding parties and forwarded to the appropriate office in charge of determining an outcome. No complaint will be forwarded for a hearing unless there is reasonable cause to believe a policy has been violated.

For sexual misconduct, discrimination and other complaints of a sensitive nature, alternative testimony options may be provided, such as allowing the reporting party to testify from another room via audio or audio/video technology. The parties have the right to an advisor/advocate of their own choosing, including attorneys. The advisor may not make a presentation or represent the party bringing the complaint or responding student during the hearing. They may confer quietly, exchange notes, clarify procedural questions with the chair, and suggest questions to their advisee.

The party bringing any complaint alleging sexual misconduct, other behavior falling with the coverage of Title IX and/or a crime of violence will be notified in writing of the outcome of a hearing, any sanctions assigned and the rationale for the decision. Victims of sex or gender discrimination (sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, relationship violence, stalking, etc.) have an absolute right to be informed of the outcome, sanctions, and rationale of the hearing, in writing.