Investigations & Resolutions

Investigations and Resolutions

The Office of Equity and Inclusion utilizes an investigative model for resolving complaints of alleged violations of the Harassment, Discrimination, Sexual and Relationship Misconduct policy. This approach allows for reporting and responding parties to participate equally in an investigative process that is respectful and non-confrontational.

Investigations are fair and equitable

Reporting parties (those making an allegation) and responding parties (those who are alleged to have committed misconduct) have the same rights, responsibilities, and opportunities as the other throughout the investigative process.

Investigations are thorough and objective

Reporting and responding parties both have the ability to provide evidence and witnesses to be considered by the investigative team. Reporting and responding parties have the ability to review and respond to all evidence and information gathered during the course of the investigation.

Investigations are timely

The Office of Equity and Inclusion strives to conclude the formal resolution process within 60 calendar days.  This timeline includes the investigative team conducting interviews, gathering evidence, affording the reporting and responding parties the opportunity to respond to the evidence, and completing the investigative report. The reporting party and responding party will be notified in writing of any reasonable delays during this process.

Investigations are private

The investigation and resolution will be private to the greatest extent possible.  Privacy of investigations helps enhance the integrity of the investigation, protects the interest of the parties, and protects participants from statements that could be interpreted to be retaliatory or defamatory.  However, no student or member of the University’s staff or faculty, can be promised strict or absolute confidentiality.  The University will protect the identity of persons involved in reports of harassment, discrimination, sexual and/or relationship misconduct to the best of its ability, and will only share personally identifiable information with persons with a need-to-know, in order to investigate and respond to a report, or to deliver resources or protective measures.