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Formal Investigation & Resolution

If the Title IX Coordinator believes that the information alleged by the Complainant is sufficiently serious, and after hearing the options the Complainant wishes to pursue a formal resolution, or if the Institute, based on the nature of the alleged policy violation and risk to the community, decides to pursue a formal resolution, the Title IX Coordinator will direct at least one trained Investigator to conduct a preliminary assessment of the complaint. If the Investigator believes that the allegation warrants further review, the Investigator(s) will conduct a full, thorough, prompt, fair, and impartial investigation. All Investigators will receive annual training on issues related to sexual and gender-based harassment, sexual misconduct, intimate partner violence, and stalking. Procedures have been developed to conduct an investigation that is fair and impartial, provides parties with notice and a meaningful opportunity to be heard, and protects the safety of Complainants and the campus community while promoting accountability

Overview of Investigation

Overview of Investigation. During the investigation, the parties will have an equal opportunity to participate, including the opportunity (1) to be heard by providing written statements, providing oral statements, and responding to questions from the Investigator(s); (2) to submit information and corroborating evidence; (3) to identify witnesses who may have relevant information about the reported conduct; (4) to submit questions that they believe should be directed by the Investigator to each other or to any witness; and (5) to respond to the facts and statements gathered during the investigation. The Investigator will notify and seek to meet separately with the Complainant, the Respondent, and third-party witnesses, and will gather other relevant and available evidence and information, including, without limitation, electronic or other records of communications between the parties or witnesses, photographs, and medical records (subject to the consent of the applicable party).

While the exact order and number of meetings will vary depending on the unique facts and circumstances in each case, the investigation will typically involve an initial meeting with the Complainant; a notice letter sent to the Respondent; a first interview with the Complainant to discuss the specifics of the allegation or review a written statement; a first interview with the Respondent to discuss the specifics of the allegation or review a written statement; a second interview with each party to review what the other has revealed in their first interview and/or to share their written statement; interviews of witnesses identified by either party or the Investigator; collection of any relevant information; a third interview with each party to review information shared by the other during their second interview, witness statements, and information collected; an opportunity for each party to review the Draft Investigation Report; and an opportunity for each party to review the Final Investigation Report and recommended finding.

The Investigator will then present the Final Investigation Report, and the acceptance or rejection of the recommendation of both the Complainant and the Respondent to the Committee On Discipline Chair. See here for more information about the Committee on Discipline rules and regulations.