Grievance Process Hearings

AS REQUIRED BY TITLE IX, the Grievance Process provides for a mandatory live hearing. Live hearings may be conducted with all parties physically present in the same geographic location, but may also, at the University’s discretion, be facilitated virtually such that any or all parties, witnesses, and other participants may appear at the live hearing virtually, with technology enabling all participants simultaneously to see and hear each other.

Written Determination

Following the conclusion of the hearing and after any sanctions are determined (if applicable), the hearing chairperson issues a written determination, which is communicated by the EDEC to both parties simultaneously and in writing (and presumptively received upon delivery). The written determination:

  • Identifies the allegations that may constitute Title IX sexual harassment and any other prohibited conduct addressed in the hearing, if applicable;
  • Describes the procedural steps taken from the receipt of the formal complaint through the determination, including any notifications to the parties, interviews with parties and witnesses, site visits, methods used to gather other evidence, and hearings held;
  • Presents findings of fact supporting the determination;
  • Presents conclusions regarding the application of the Comprehensive Policy to the facts;
  • Provides a statement of, and rationale for, the result as to each allegation, including a determination regarding responsibility, any sanctions the University imposes on the respondent, and whether remedies will be provided to the complainant; and
  • Describes the University’s procedures and permissible bases for the complainant and respondent to appeal.