Investigative Procedure


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Investigative Procedure

The investigator will conduct the investigation in a manner appropriate in light of the circumstances of the case. The investigation will include, when available, interviews with the complainant, the respondent, and any witnesses. As part of the investigation, individuals will be provided an opportunity for the parties to present witnesses and other evidence. The interviews will be supplemented by the gathering of any physical, documentary, or other evidence, as appropriate and available. The investigation is designed to provide a fair and reliable gathering of the facts. The investigation will be thorough, impartial, and fair, and all individuals will be treated with appropriate sensitivity and respect.

The investigator may choose to investigate without the participation of a survivor if any of the following circumstances are met: seriousness of the alleged incident, complainant’s age, multiple complainants, respondent’s rights, or multiple perpetrators. The investigation will be documented to resolution of a case involving charges of sex or gender violence including but not limited to: Sexual Assault, Sexual Harassment, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking.

At the conclusion of the investigation, the investigator will prepare an investigative summary with all the facts gathered, which will be submitted to the Hearing Officer responsible for initiating the Student Conduct Process. The standard of proof used in all student conduct cases (including gender and sexual violence cases) is the “preponderance of evidence.” This means that students will be found in violation of University policy and/or the Student Conduct Code if it is more likely than not that the violation occurred. Upon receipt of the investigation summary, the University will notify all parties that the investigation is complete and provide information about next steps in the process.

All records will be kept confidential to the extent permitted by law.