The University will complete investigations 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. During the course of the investigation, the investigator(s) will provide monthly timeline updates to the parties. Cases that are particularly complex or involve unusual circumstances may require more than 60 days for the investigation process. If the Title IX Coordinator and/or investigator(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 board 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.
The following information applies to student(s)-to-student(s) matters and cases in which a student is the individual alleged to have violated policy (hereafter referred to as the respondent).
Gender- or sex-based discrimination and harassment are umbrella terms that reference several types of prohibited behaviors including sexual assault, sexual battery, sexual exploitation, intimate partner violence and abuse, stalking, or other forms of sex-based or gender-based harassment or discrimination. These prohibited behaviors are defined in the Student Sexual Misconduct Policy.
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 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.
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.