The Title IX team conducts an initial assessment for every sexual misconduct report made to the college, and the information discovered in the assessment determines the likely course of the resolution process that will follow.
The assessment usually begins with a meeting between the person making the report (the reporting party) and the Title IX coordinator to gain a basic understanding of the circumstances of the report; it is not intended to be a full scale interview. At this meeting, the Title IX coordinator will provide the reporting party with information about support and advocacy resources, interim remedies and options for resolution.
As part of the initial assessment of the report, the Title IX team will take the following steps:
- Assess the nature and circumstances of the report
- Address immediate physical safety and emotional well-being needs of the reporting party or any other individual
- Notify the reporting party of the right to notify (or decline to notify) law enforcement if the conduct is potentially criminal in nature
- Notify the reporting party of the right to seek medical treatment to address physical health and the importance of preservation of evidence
- Assess the reported conduct to determine whether the campus community should be notified, as required under federal law
- Provide the reporting party with information about on- and off-campus resources, the range of interim accommodations and remedies, and an explanation of the options for resolution, including informal resolution and formal resolution
- Discuss the reporting party's expressed preference for manner of resolution and any barriers to proceeding
- Explain the college's policy prohibiting retaliation to the reporting party
- Make the reporting party aware of the availability of an advisor, advocate, or support person
- Assess for pattern evidence or other similar conduct by the person named in the report (the responding party)
- Enter non-identifying information about the report into the college's daily crime log if the conduct is potentially criminal in nature
After the Title IX assessment, the Title IX team will determine the appropriate manner of resolution and either:
- Refer the report for informal resolution
- Refer the report for further investigation
- Or, if the appropriate threshold is met, refer the report for formal resolution
The Title IX coordinator will notify the reporting party about the team's recommendation of how to proceed. Depending on the circumstances and requested resolution, the person named in the responding party may or may not be notified of the report or resolution. A responding party will always be notified when the college seeks action that would directly impact them, such as protective measures that restrict their movement on campus, the initiation of an investigation, or the decision to involve the responding party in informal resolution.