When the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion receives a report of sexual or gender-based harassment, discrimination or violence, the college's Title IX team does an initial assessment to consider:
- the nature of the report,
- the safety of the campus community and the individual who made the report (the reporting party), and
- the reporting party's preference for resolution.
At the conclusion of the initial assessment, interim measures may be put in place, and the Title IX team will refer the report either for informal resolution or formal resolution.
Informal resolution options are the same for reports against a student, staff or faculty member and do not involve disciplinary action against the responding party. In an informal resolution, rememdies are identified to stop the sexual misconduct, address its effects on the reporting party and community, and prevent its recurrence.
Formal resolution begins with an investigation to gather all relevant facts and determine if there is sufficient information to move the report forward to an adjudication or grievance process. The investigative process is the same for reports involving students, staff, and faculty, but once the report moves to the formal resolution stage, there are three distinct procedures to address student misconduct, staff misconduct and employee misconduct. The different nature of these procedures reflects the different relationship each group has to the college. But in all three procedures, the college strives to resolve the report fairly and promptly.
The Title IX coordinator documents every report that involves charges of sexual misconduct, whether the reports are resolved through formal or informal procedures.