The following is a list of frequently asked questions that may be helpful for anyone who is or may involved in a Title IX appeals process following a Title IX investigation at Chapman University. Please also see the specific FAQs regarding the Title IX investigation process for general audiences, complainants, respondents, and witnesses.
At the conclusion of a Title IX investigation, after both the complainant and respondent have had their respective, individual response hearings with the Title IX investigators and Title IX Coordinator, the investigators will simultaneously notify both parties of the outcome of the investigation. This outcome will include a deadline by which the parties can choose to submit an appeal request in the event that either party disagrees with the findings of responsibility and/or sanctions.
If a complainant and/or a respondent disagrees with the outcome of an investigation, they must request an appeal based on one or more relevant criteria. This request is sent to an appeals board, and the board considers the next steps as part of what is known as the appeals process.
However, if neither party requests an appeal by the deadline, the findings/sanctions outlined the investigation report will become the final determination on the matter. In this case, there would not be any appeals process.
Within 5 business days of receiving the investigation report and findings, the complainant and respondent each will have an opportunity to submit a written appeal request outlining why they believe one or more of the criteria for appeal exists in their case. Each of the parties also have an opportunity request an in-person meeting to discuss their appeal request with the appeals board.
If this happens and one party submits an appeal request, then the other party will be notified within 2 business days that an appeal was requested. The notified party will have an opportunity to review the original written request for appeal and/or the University record of the original appeal request meeting if they request to do so. This second party may also meet with the appeals board if they choose to do so. In the event that both parties elect to appeal simultaneously, they will each will have an opportunity, if requested, to review the other’s appeal request and/or appeal meeting record.
Once appeals requests are submitted, the appeals board will consider the information provided by the complainant and/or respondent. The board will then make a recommendation to the Dean of Students or designee based on the information provided by the parties at the time of appeal. The Dean of Students or designee considers the recommendation prepared by the appeals board and then makes the final determination on the matter.
Please see the Student Sexual Misconduct Policy for more information.
According to the Student Sexual Misconduct Policy, appeals can be concluded in one of the following ways:
Once the appeals board provides its recommendations to the Dean of Students or designee, the Dean of Students or designee will make the final determination on the matter. The Dean of Students or designee will then provide simultaneous written notification of the final determination to the complainant and respondent. This is usually communicated via Chapman email.