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Statement from Creighton University regarding sexual assault investigation

This week, University officials have heard from students, alumni, and others regarding a sexual assault investigation that concluded last month. Consistent with Creighton’s privacy policies, we cannot provide details of the confidential investigation conducted by the University’s Office of Equity and Inclusion.

The office resolves complaints under the Harassment, Discrimination, Sexual and Relationship Misconduct Policy. The University follows guidelines set forth under Title IX and the Campus SaVE Act to conduct a fair and equitable investigative process. The process allows both reporting parties and responding parties the ability to:

  • Participate in investigative interviews with a trained Title IX investigator(s)
  • Work with an advisor of choice (including advocates and attorneys) • Name relevant witnesses
  • Review all interview summaries and submit questions for other parties involved • Receive updates in writing
  • Receive the final decision
  • Appeal the final decision

There are a number of checks and balances in this process. The investigators review evidence within a case and make a recommendation to the executive director in the Office of Equity and Inclusion. The executive director has the ability to consult with other University administrators as needed prior to rendering a decision. In the event a party disagrees with the director’s finding, an appeal of the decision goes directly to the provost for review.

In the investigative process, individuals found responsible for non-consensual sexual intercourse are suspended, expelled, or terminated from the University.

As a Catholic and Jesuit university that takes its responsibility of addressing issues of sexual violence seriously, Creighton has made a substantial commitment to providing support to individuals who experience an incident of sexual violence.

Creighton is the only university in the state of Nebraska that has two full-time victim advocates on staff. The University also has a full-time Title IX investigator in the Office of Equity and Inclusion.

Sexual Misconduct Communications & Resources

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