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Title IX

Accused/Accuser Rights


Complainant (Accuser) Rights

  • Every complainant has the right to choose whether or not to file a complaint with the university’s Title IX Program Officer or with law enforcement.
  • Every complainant has the right to an impartial investigation of his/her complaint.
  • Every complainant has the right to present witnesses and other evidence in support of his/her case.
  • Every complainant has the right (and is encouraged) to have an advisor of his or her choice present in any disciplinary conference, hearing, or any related meeting.
  • Every complainant has the right to receive procedural information regarding disciplinary proceedings prior to and after submitting a complaint.
  • Every complainant has the right to have his or her complaint decided by a preponderance of the evidence standard (it is more likely than not that sexual misconduct occurred).
  • Every complainant has the right to be notified, in writing of the outcome of the complaint.
  • Every complainant has the right to appeal a decision made by the university’s hearing panel.
  • If the complainant believes the university did not handle the complaint properly.
  • every complainant has the right to file a formal complaint with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights.

Respondent (Accused) Rights

  • Every respondent has the right to an impartial investigation concerning the complaint made against him/her.
  • Every respondent has the right to present witnesses and other evidence in support of his/her case.
  • Every respondent has the right (and is encouraged) to have an advisor of his or her choice present in any disciplinary conference, hearing, or any related meeting.
  • Every respondent has the right to receive procedural information regarding disciplinary proceedings.
  • Every respondent has the right to have the complaint made against her/him decided by a preponderance of the evidence standard (it is more likely than not that sexual misconduct occurred).
  • Every respondent has the right to be notified, in writing of the outcome of the complaint.
  • Every respondent has the right to appeal a decision made by the university’s hearing panel.
  • If the respondent believes the university did not handle the complaint properly, every respondent has the right to file a formal complaint with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights.

The sexual history or character of a party will not be admissible in disciplinary proceedings, unless such information is deemed relevant by the hearing administrator.