Informal Resolutions

 

You, or an initiating party, may make a request, either orally or in writing, for informal resolution to the School or unit Title IX Coordinator, the Title IX Officer, or the Director of ODR. The request should identify the alleged harasser (if known) and describe the allegations with specificity. The School or unit Title IX Coordinator, the Title IX Officer, or the Director of ODR in consultation with the Title IX Officer will assess the severity of the alleged harassment and the potential risk of a hostile environment for others in the community to determine whether informal resolution may be appropriate.

Upon determining that informal resolution is appropriate, and in instances when the Initiating Party makes the request to the ODR, the Director of ODR will assign the informal resolution to an Investigator.  The Title IX Officer or designee, the School or unit Title IX Coordinator, or the Investigator will consult further with the person initiating the request, inform the person who is the subject of the allegations, and gather additional relevant information as necessary from the parties and others, as indicated. The School or unit Title IX Coordinator or the Title IX Officer also may put in place any appropriate interim measures to protect the educational and work environment. The Title IX Officer or designee, the School or unit Title IX Coordinator, or the Investigator will attempt to aid the parties in finding a mutually acceptable resolution.

When the allegations, if true, might constitute criminal conduct, the party against whom they are brought is hereby advised to seek legal counsel before making any written or oral statements.

Those who are facing allegations may wish to obtain legal advice about how this process could affect any criminal case in which they are or may become involved.

A matter will be deemed satisfactorily resolved when both parties expressly agree to an outcome that is also acceptable to the School or unit Title IX Coordinator. At any point prior to such an express agreement, you may withdraw the request for informal resolution and initiate a formal complaint under these Procedures.

Ordinarily, the informal resolution process will be concluded within two to three weeks of the date of the request.