When a report is made, the Office of Equity (OE):
The OE has an obligation and jurisdiction to conduct at least a preliminary inquiry to determine whether the alleged conduct occurred in the context of, or has continuing effects on, the campus community. The OE investigators act as neutral, objective fact finders when investigating a complaint. When someone has concerns about behaviors that are potential policy violations, the OE can either conduct a formal investigation or resolve the issues through an informal resolution process.
The informal resolution process provides remedies, or solutions, that are specific to the circumstances of the incident, but does not make a determination as to whether a policy has been violated. In these cases, the OE may do one or more of the following:
The OE may resolve a report of alleged misconduct under the policy through the formal investigation process when the alleged misconduct, if true, would be prohibited under the policy. The OE may decline to pursue a formal investigation if 1) a complainant has requested that a formal investigation not be pursued, and 2) the OE has determined that the complainant’s request can be honored consistent with the University’s obligation to provide a safe and non-discriminatory environment.
The OE is committed to providing a prompt, fair, and impartial resolution of all complaints referred for formal investigation. A formal investigation can include three stages: investigation, sanction and appeal, as applicable and described below. Investigators interview the complainant(s) and the respondent(s) separately and provide each party the opportunity to be heard and to respond. Investigators also review additional evidence as available including, but not limited to, conducting witness interviews, gathering documentation, and reviewing video surveillance footage.