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Rights of the Respondent

Rights of the Respondent

Respondent's rights are, but are not necessarily limited to, the following:

• To be treated with respect, dignity, and sensitivity by University officials throughout the process.

• To investigation and appropriate resolution of all credible complaints of sexual misconduct made in good faith to University administrators;

• To be notified of available services, both on campus and in the community;

• To ask the investigators to identify and question relevant witnesses;

• To be fully informed of campus conduct rules and procedures as well as the nature and extent of all alleged violations contained within the complaint;

• To be accompanied by a support person to all phases of the investigation and conduct proceeding;

•  In cases of sexual misconduct, to not have irrelevant prior sexual history with anyone other than the complainant admitted as evidence in a campus proceeding; except in regard to past complaints of violations contained within Title IX.

• To review all documentation available regarding the complaint, subject to the privacy limitations (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), imposed by state and federal law, prior to conduct proceeding;

• To petition that any member of the Student Conduct Process be removed on the basis of demonstrated bias;

• To written notice of the outcome and (if applicable) outcome of the Student Conduct Process;

•  To appeal the findings and outcome of conduct proceedings; regardless of the outcome, in accordance with the standards for appeal;

• To be informed that determinations made or outcomes imposed under the Student Conduct Process shall not be subject to change because criminal charges arising out of the same facts giving rise to violations of University policy were dismissed, reduced, or resolved in favor or against the criminal law defendant.

• To be informed in advance of any public release of information regarding the complaint.

•  To be informed that the Title IX Coordinator or his/her designee is responsible for overseeing investigations related to complaints of sexual misconduct and harassment and may handle certain aspects of the University’s response to all alleged violations.

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 Last Modified 1/7/20