Civil Rights Disciplinary Process

Disciplinary Process and Sanctions for Civil Rights Complaints

The University is committed to providing a prompt and fair resolution of allegations that the University's civil rights policy has been violated. After a civil rights complaint, including a complaint of sexual violence, has been investigated by the Office of Civil Rights, the investigator submits an investigation report to the University administrator with designated oversight for disciplinary processes based on the respondent's (accused's) status. The University administrator then takes appropriate action in accordance with the disciplinary process set out in the policy, handbook, or code of conduct that applies to the respondent.

For all civil rights complaints, University Policy 1.2.7 Civil Rights Policy - Protocol for Sanctions applies and controls in any situation in which there is a conflict or apparent conflict between Policy 1.2.7 and the disciplinary process set out in the policy, handbook, or code of conduct that applies to the respondent.

If the respondent is ...  then the University administrator is ...  and the applicable policy, handbook,
or code of conduct is ...
1. a student 1. the Dean of Students 1. the Student Code of Conduct.
2. a faculty member 2. the Provost 2. the Faculty Handbook.
3. a non-faculty employee     3. the Vice President of Human Resources     3. the Employee Handbook.

 

Due Process in Disciplinary Process

Step One: Adequate Notice

The University shall provide contemporaneous notice to the complainant and respondent as to whether or not the University administrator will initiate a sanctioning process. The notice must include: (1) a summary of the allegations; (2) notice of the specific code or policy that the respondent is alleged to have violated; (3) a summary of the findings and conclusions of the investigator's report; and (4) information explaining the complainant's and respondent's right to appeal. If the University does not initiate a sanctioning process, the complainant may appeal that decision.

Step Two: Opportunity to Respond

The University shall provide a fair and equitable opportunity to respond to any notice of sanctioning process.

Step Three: Decision

The University shall provide contemporaneous notice to the complainant and respondent as to the decision of the University administrator on the sanctioning process.

Step Four: Appeal

The University shall provide an appeal process to the complainant and respondent.