The University will conduct investigations in a prompt, fair, and impartial manner, generally within 60 days. University holidays and breaks will likely impact the time that it may take to conclude an investigation. Cases that are particularly complex or involve unusual circumstances may require more than 60 days for the investigation, student conduct process, and appeal. The following information applies to student(s)-to-student(s) cases or cases in which a student is the respondent.
Gender- or sex-based discrimination and harassment are umbrella terms that reference several types of prohibited behaviors including discrimination, harassment, sexual assault, sexual battery, sexual exploitation, dating and domestic violence, stalking, and retaliation.
All University employees (faculty, staff, administrators, and student employees) are required to report any gender- or sex-based discrimination or harassment (this is inclusive of all alleged incidents of sexual violence) to a Title IX Coordinator. The only exceptions to this requirement are those individuals who are designated as privileged and confidential resources. Privileged and confidential resources are listed below:
Dani Smith, Ed.D., Sexual Assault/Rape Crisis Counselor
Students Psychological Counseling Services
Rev. Nancy Brink, Director of Church Relations
Rev. Gail Sterns, Ph.D., Dean of the Wallace All Faiths Chapel
Frances A. Smith Community Clinic
*While the individuals listed above to have professionally required confidentiality, there are certain, specific situations in which they are not able to maintain information confidentially. Those situations are: (1) if you may be a danger to yourself or others, (2) you have knowledge about any minor or elder currently being subjected to abuse or neglect – including intentional access to unlawful sexual images, or (3) if the information is subpoenaed for court proceedings.
Title IX and Sexual Misconduct Resources Information
Please see a full list of Title IX resources here.