Filing a Complaint

Any complaints alleging that a student has been the victim of sexual misconduct, perpetrated by an employee, a student or a third party on campus, is reported to the Director of The Office of Student Accessibility Services, who is the Title IX Coordinator for the University. As such, s/he is designated coordinator for compliance with this policy.

Students should be advised that the Title IX Coordinator is obligated to act on any report of alleged misconduct. The University does not limit the timeframe for filing a report of misconduct. Reports can be submitted at any time following an incident, although the University’s ability to take any action may be negatively affected by the length of time between the alleged incident and the report.

The Title IX Coordinator will either act as the complaint coordinator or appoint a complaint coordinator. The complaint process begins when a student meets with the complaint coordinator. Together, this student and the coordinator will review information and expectations of the complaint process and select an advisor from the University staff to assist the complainant during the complaint process.

When a complaint has been filed against a student, that student becomes the respondent. The respondent will be contacted by the complaint coordinator and informed of the complaint. The respondent, together with the coordinator, will review the same information and expectations that were shared with the complainant, and will select an adviser from the University staff to assist the respondent during the complaint process.

Both the complainant and respondent will be asked to write a statement about their participation and perspective on the incident in question. The parties will be provided with information about how to prepare a written statement and a list of questions and prompts to which they may respond as they write their statements.

The complaint coordinator will remain available to answer questions by the complainant and respondent about the complaint process.

For more information, please see your Options to Report Sexual Violence.