Determining Responsibility in Specific Incidents
In sex discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual assault, harassment, discrimination, bias-related incidents or hate crimes cases the following additional aspects also apply within the community accountability process. As in other situations, for these incidents the standard used to determine responsibility is the preponderance of the evidence; whether it is more likely than not that the alleged perpetrator has violated community policies or lifestyle expectations. The University reserves the right to impose differing sanctions depending on the severity of the offense, up to and including termination for an employee, and dismissal for a student. Although it is separate from the community accountability process, perpetrators may also face criminal charges.
The Title IX Coordinator/Vice President for Student Life designates the investigating officer and hearing officer. Typically, the Associate Dean of Students serves as the investigating officer and the Dean of Community Life serves as the hearing officer in sex discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual assault, harassment, discrimination, bias-related incidents or hate crimes involving undergraduate students. The Complainant/alleged survivor and the alleged perpetrator may appear separately at the hearing. Both receive information about the outcome of the hearing and have the opportunity to appeal the decision of the hearing officer. Appeals are made to the Student Board of Appeals, as designated by the Title IX Coordinator/Vice President for Student Life.