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Investigation Procedures for Student Matters
Title IX

» Investigation Procedures for Student Matters

General Information

The University will complete investigations and hearings in a prompt, fair, and impartial manner, generally within 60 calendar days, as described in the Student Sexual Misconduct Policy. University holidays and breaks will likely impact the time that it may take to conclude an investigation or conduct a hearing. During the course of the investigation, the investigator(s) will provide, at a minimum, monthly updates to the parties about the general progress of the investigation. Cases that are particularly complex or involve unusual circumstances may require more than 60 days for the investigation process. For good cause, the process may be temporarily delayed if written notice is provided to the parties. Good cause may include, but is not limited to, the absence of one of the parties, a party’s advisor or a witness, a concurrent law enforcement investigation or the need for language assistance or accommodations for disabilities. If the Title IX Coordinator, investigator(s), and/or hearing officer(s) determine that an extension of the 60-day investigation timeline is warranted or necessary, they will notify the parties in writing, including the reason for the delay and the anticipated date of completion. The timeline for any appeals process is 30 business days. If the Title IX Coordinator and/or appeals officer determine that an extension of the 30-day appeals timeline is warranted or necessary, they will notify the parties in writing, including the reason for the delay and the anticipated date of completion.

Sex and gender/sex-based harassment or discrimination can take many forms, including sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, sexual exploitation, or other forms of sex-based or gender-based harassment or discrimination. These prohibited behaviors are defined in the Student Sexual Misconduct Policy, Chapman University’s Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation Prevention Policy, the Student Conduct Code, and applicable State and Federal laws.

The University’s goal is to foster an open and safe community where these behaviors are deemed unacceptable, where those who are affected are provided support, and where a fair and impartial review process is provided to all parties. The University’s response to allegations of prohibited conduct under this policy is grounded in the fair application of policy and procedure. The University is firmly committed to complying with all applicable laws and governmental regulations. This commitment applies to all educational programs and activities, including admissions, financial aid, and University programs.

Title IX and Sexual Misconduct Resources Information

Please see a full list of Title IX resources here.

Investigations

Allegations of harassment and discrimination involving student(s)-to-student(s) matters and matters in which a student is the respondent will be investigated and reviewed by University officials who have appropriate training and experience in reviewing these kinds of cases. See the sections below for more information about investigation procedures.


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