University Determination and Outcomes

  • The Student Life Deans Council handles the judicial processes for students facing allegations. Title IX Misconduct cases are chaired by the assistant vice president for Campus & Student Life.
  • The appropriate judicial body convenes to review the evidence developed during the investigation and to meet with the investigators as needed.
  • Both the reporting party and the respondent will have the same opportunity to have formal and separate hearings as part of the investigative process and/or with the judicial body.
  • The judicial body will deliberate using the "preponderance of evidence" standard of proof to determine whether "more likely than not" the respondent is responsible or not responsible for committing Misconduct as outlined in this policy. Note: as Title IX federal law requires for educational institutions, this is a lesser standard of proof than the "beyond a reasonable doubt" standard used in the criminal justice system.
  • A finding by the judicial body that the respondent is "not responsible" does not necessarily mean the alleged Misconduct did not happen. Rather, it may mean that there was insufficient evidence to reach a finding of responsibility.
  • Any student who is found responsible for Misconduct defined in this policy will be subject to disciplinary action that includes, but is not limited to, verbal counsel, written warning, probation, suspension, dismissal, mandatory education and other remedies the University deems appropriate.
  • The judicial body reserves the right to determine what type of disciplinary response is appropriate for the level of Misconduct as well as to broaden or lessen the responses relative to the severity, persistence or pervasiveness of the behavior. Mitigating or aggravating circumstances, if they exist, may be considered, such as any previous or additional Misconduct or other violations of the Code of Student Conduct.
  • The general range of recommended responses for students is as follows:

Non-Consensual Sexual Penetration
The disciplinary response will likely range from suspension to dismissal depending on the severity of the incident.

Non-Consensual Sexual Contact
The disciplinary response will likely range from probation to dismissal, depending on the severity of the incident.

Sexual Exploitation or Harassment
The disciplinary response will likely range from warning to dismissal, depending on the severity of the incident.

Domestic Violence, Dating Violence or Stalking
The disciplinary response will likely range from warning to dismissal, depending on the severity of the incident.

Appeal Process ⇒

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