• Requests for Information or Advice

    Initiating parties seeking information or advice can expect to learn about resources available at the university and elsewhere that provide counseling and support. They also will be advised about the steps involved in pursuing an informal resolution or filing a formal complaint. In addition, the VPSD, the Title IX coordinator, the Title IX deputy coordinators, or other staff in the Office of Student Development may discuss with initiating parties whether any interim measures are appropriate at this stage.

    Requests for Informal Resolution

    Initiating parties may make a request, either orally or in writing, for informal resolution to the VPSD, the Title IX coordinator, the Title IX deputy coordinators, or other staff in the Office of Student Development. The request should identify the alleged harasser (if known) and describe the allegations with specificity. The VPSD, the Title IX coordinator, the Title IX deputy coordinators, or other staff in the Office of Student Development will assess the severity of the alleged harassment and the potential risk of a hostile environment for others in the community to determine whether informal resolution may be appropriate.

    Upon determining that informal resolution is appropriate and in instances when the initiating party makes the request to the VPSD, the Title IX Coordinator, the Title IX deputy coordinators, or other staff in the Office of Student Development, the VPSD or the Title IX coordinator will assign the informal resolution to an investigator. The VPSD, the Title IX coordinator, or the investigator will consult further with the person initiating the request, inform the person who is the subject of the allegations, and gather additional relevant information as necessary from the parties and others. The VPSD and the Title IX coordinator also may put in place any appropriate interim measures to protect the educational and work environment. The VPSD, the Title IX coordinator, and the investigator will attempt to aid the parties in finding a mutually acceptable resolution.

    When the allegations might constitute criminal conduct, the party against whom they are brought may seek legal counsel before making any written or oral statements. Those facing allegations may wish to obtain legal advice about how this process could affect any criminal case in which they are or may become involved.

    A matter will be deemed satisfactorily resolved when both parties expressly agree to an outcome that is also acceptable to the VPSD or the Title IX coordinator. At any point prior to such an agreement, the initiating party may withdraw the request for informal resolution and initiate a formal complaint. Ordinarily, the informal resolution process will be concluded within two to three weeks of the date of the request.