A: If the incident reported represents an emergency or an immediate risk to health/safety, Campus Safety or local police will take immediate steps to protect the community and any relevant party.
If the incident reported does not constitute an immediate threat or after any such steps to address the emergency are taken, the Title IX Coordinator or designee will reach out to the Complainant to schedule a time to review their options, rights, and resources.
A: When meeting with the Title IX Coordinator to review your options, rights, and resources, you will be informed that you do have the right to request for the College not to investigate.
If you make such a request, the College will determine whether it can grant such a request or if the College is required to investigate based on the information provided in accordance with college policy and federal and state laws. For more, please reference either the Title IX Policy or Enough is Enough Policy.
A: The new regulations require that questions and evidence regarding a complainant’s sexual predisposition and sexual behavior are automatically deemed irrelevant, and thus cannot be used during the investigation and adjudication process. However, the regulations specify two exceptions to this provision that may be considered relevant:
Questions and evidence about the complainant’s prior sexual behavior that are offered to prove that someone other than the respondent committed the conduct;
Questions and evidence that concern specific incidents of the complainant’s prior sexual behavior with respect to the respondent and are offered to prove consent.
A: No one will be forced to participate in any part of the reporting, investigation, or adjudication process. However, the new regulations require that if a party or witness does not submit to cross-examination at the live hearing, the adjudication panelists must not rely on any statement by that person in reaching a finding of responsibility. In such cases, the adjudication panelists cannot reach a finding of responsibility based solely on that person’s absence from the live hearing or refusal to answer cross-examination or other questions.
A: Sanctioning under the new Title IX policy and the non-Title IX SGBM (Enough is Enough) policy will function similarly. Both processes will include a range of possible sanctions and will be followed by an opportunity for the parties to appeal the outcome.