If the Complainant is willing to participate in the review and investigation process, the University will proceed as described in the Investigation section.
If the Complainant requests confidentiality or asks that the report of sexual misconduct not be pursued, the University will, generally before taking any further investigative steps, forward that information, along with all available information about the report, to a review panel. The review panel will consist of the Title IX Coordinator and staff members. These panel members will represent the interests of the University, law enforcement, survivors of sexual misconduct, persons accused of sexual misconduct, and/or other offices as deemed necessary and appropriate under the circumstances.
The review panel is charged with balancing U-M’s tradition of supporting survivor-centered practices with U-M’s equally strong commitment to providing due process to the Respondent and promoting a safe community.
Specifically, the panel members will provide information and advice to the Title IX Coordinator regarding:
1. Their perspectives on whether, how, and to what extent, U-M should further investigate the report of sexual misconduct;
2. What steps may be possible or appropriate when a Respondent is unknown; and
3. What other measures or remedies might be considered to address any effects of the reported sexual misconduct on the campus community.
In all cases, the final decision on whether, how, and to what extent the University will conduct an investigation, and whether other measures will be taken in connection with any allegation of sexual misconduct, rests solely with the Title IX Coordinator.