University Investigatory and Resolution Process

Step-by Step:
Student Investigatory and Resolution Process

If you decide to file a complaint against a student, the Dean of Students Office follows Section III of the University's Code of Student Conduct for investigating and processing complaints. The following information is a summary of the resources, process, and procedures, but please refer to the Code for the full, applicable investigatory and resolution process.

The Title IX Coordinator is able to explain these processes as well if you have questions. Please note that during the investigatory and resolution process, each student (i.e., complainant and respondent) may have a personal adviser, advocate, or support person with them in all meetings, interviews, and hearings.

Interim Measures

The University will immediately work with any person claiming to have been subjected to sexual or interpersonal misconduct to make available accommodations within the educational, housing, and/or work environment. Safety planning and University no-contact orders are also available through interim measures.


A University investigator will meet with each student— separately—and other witnesses and review relevant evidence.

Resolution by Agreement

Either student may seek to resolve a complaint through the dean of students (not through/with the other student). The student who filed the complaint has the right to be heard on proposed sanctions. Participation is voluntary.

Preliminary Findings

Dean of Students staff will meet with each student—separately—to discuss initial findings and potential outcomes.


Determination of whether there is a reasonable belief the charges can be proven based on University standard, which is preponderance of the evidence, i.e., whether it is more likely than not that the policy was violated. Not based on judiciary standard of “beyond reasonable doubt.”


Based on the evidentiary standard, three potential resolutions are possible:

(1) No reasonable belief the charges can be proven. Complaint will be closed. Remedial protective measures (similar to interim measures) are still possible.

(2) Reasonable belief the charges can be proven, where sanction will be less than suspension or expulsion. Either student may request a formal hearing. If no request is made, the dean of students will impose sanction with no right of appeal by either student.

(3) Reasonable belief the charges can be proven, where sanction will be suspension or expulsion. Formal hearing will occur before a University hearing officer. Both students may participate and arrangements can be made to prevent direct confrontation. Either student or the dean of students may appeal the final decision.

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Confidential Resources

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