At the conclusion of the initial Title IX assessment, the college may initiate an investigation that's overseen by the Title IX coordinator and conducted by an appointed investigator. An investigation is required if the Title IX team believes that disciplinary action may be appropriate. Information gathered during the investigation will be used to evaluate the appropriate course of action, provide for the safety of the individual and the campus community, and offer remedies to address the effects of the conduct cited in the report.

The investigation is designed to provide a fair and reliable gathering of the facts. The college commits to:

  • Treat all individuals involved in the investigation with appropriate sensitivity and respect.

  • Notify both parties in a timely way about any meeting where their attendance is requested or required.

  • Safeguard the privacy of the individuals involved in the investigation within the framework of legal reporting requirements and the college's need for a full assessment of the facts.

The Investigator

The college will choose an investigator who is impartial, free of any conflict of interest, and who has specific training and experience investigating allegations of sexual and or gender-based harassment, discrimination and violence. The investigator may be an employee of the college or an external investigator who is brought in to assist the college with fact gathering. It's not the investigator's role to determine responsibility. The investigator:

  • Will gather information from the reporting party, the responding party, and any other individuals who may have information relevant to the determination.

  • Will give the reporting party and responding party equal opportunity to be heard, to submit evidence, and to identify witnesses who may have relevant information.

  • Will gather any available physical evidence, including documents, communications between the parties, and other electronic records as appropriate.

  • May consider prior allegations of, or findings of responsibility for, similar conduct by the responding party.

At the end of the investigation, the investigator will submit a written findings report to the Title IX coordinator. That report will be used to make a threshold determination, which is a decision about whether there is sufficient factual information to move forward with a formal resolution. Both the reporting party and the responding party and the advisors they've selected will have an opportunity to review the investigation report using the protocols explained in the student records policy.