As set forth in more detail below, the University uses two processes to resolve reports of Prohibited Conduct under this Policy: (1) formal resolution, which involves an investigation and, if applicable, an appeal and sanctions; and (2) alternative resolution, which includes informal or restorative options for resolving reports of Prohibited Conduct. The Title IX Coordinator will determine the appropriate process for reviewing the concerns raised after making an initial assessment of the reported information, or, where the Claimant requests anonymity, that an investigation not be pursued, or that no disciplinary action be taken, after receiving input from the review panel.
The University will strive to complete resolution of any matter, meaning the period from commencement of an investigation, which begins with the notice of an investigation to the Respondent, through completion of the investigation, and sanction, if any, within seventy-five (75) calendar days. This time frame may be extended for good cause, which may exist if additional time is necessary to ensure the integrity and completeness of the investigation; comply with a request by law enforcement for temporary delay to gather evidence; accommodate the availability of witnesses; account for University breaks or vacations; account for case complexities (including the number of witnesses and volume of information provided by the parties), or for other legitimate reasons.
Best efforts will be made to complete the process in a timely manner by balancing principles of thoroughness, fairness, and promptness.