Title IX Review
A. Role of the Title IX Coordinator.
The Title IX Coordinator oversees the University’s centralized review, investigation, and resolution procedures for reports of sexual misconduct and coordinates the University’s compliance with Title IX.
The Title IX Coordinator can be contacted by telephone, e-mail, or in person during regular office hours. The Title IX Coordinator can provide information related to campus and community resources and describe the options available to address concerns related to sexual misconduct.
The duties and responsibilities of the Title IX Coordinator also include training, education, climate assessments, and the oversight of procedures that are designed to promptly and equitably end sexual misconduct, prevent its recurrence, and address its effect on persons and the University community as a whole. The Title IX Coordinator will:
- Oversee the investigation and resolution of all reports of sexual misconduct;
- Ensure prompt and equitable resolutions that comply with all requirements and timeframes specified in the University’s complaint procedures;
- Conduct climate checks to track and monitor sexual misconduct allegations on campus; and,
- Coordinate all training, education, and prevention efforts.
The Title IX Coordinator will meet with any person, including a complainant, respondent, or third party, to discuss interim measures, resources, and procedural options for on-campus and off-campus reporting. Any student, faculty, or staff member who has concerns about sexual misconduct, including sexual assault, discrimination, or harassment, is encouraged to seek the assistance of the University’s Title IX Coordinator.
The Title IX Coordinator oversees the initial response and assessment of reports of sexual misconduct through the University’s sexual misconduct resolution procedures.
B. Procedures for Responding to Prohibited Conduct.
The specific procedures used for reporting, investigating and resolving Prohibited Conduct will be determined by the status of the respondent’s relationship with the University:
- Complaints against student respondents will be resolved by the Procedures for the Resolution of Sexual Misconduct Complaints against Students.
- Complaints against faculty and staff respondents, as well as non-affiliates, will be resolved by the Procedures for the Resolution of Sexual Misconduct Complaints against Faculty, Staff, Affiliates, and Non-Affiliates.
Both processes are guided by the same principles of fairness and respect for all parties. The procedures provide for prompt and equitable response to reports of Prohibited Conduct. Resources are available for both students and employees, whether as complainants or respondents, to provide guidance throughout the investigation and resolution of a sexual misconduct complaint.
In instances where the Respondent is both a student and an employee, the Title IX Coordinator will determine which of the procedures will apply based on facts and circumstances of a particular incident, such as which role predominates and the role most applicable in the incident.
The University’s ability to take appropriate action against a Third-Party will be determined by the nature of the relationship of the Third-Party to the University. The Title IX Coordinator will determine the appropriate manner of resolution consistent with the University’s commitment to a prompt and equitable process consistent with federal law, federal guidance, and this Policy.