You may request an informal resolution, either orally or in writing, to the Director of ODR, your local Title IX Coordinator, or the Title IX Officer. If informal resolution is deemed appropriate then an ODR Investigator, your local Title IX Coordinator, the Title IX Officer or designee can help both parties work out a mutually acceptable resolution.
Who can make the request?
Initiating Parties may make a request, either orally or in writing, for informal resolution to the Director of ODR, your local Title IX Coordinator, or the Title IX Officer.
What should the request include?
The request should identify the alleged harasser (if known) and describe the allegations with specificity.
What happens next?
The Director of ODR, in consultation with the Title IX Officer, or your local Title IX Coordinator, or 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 an 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, or the local Title IX Coordinator, or the ODR 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 local Title IX Coordinator or the Title IX Officer also may put appropriate interim measures in place 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.
How is an informal resolution reached?
A matter will be deemed satisfactorily resolved when both parties expressly agree to an outcome that is also acceptable to the local Title IX Coordinator.
At any point prior to such an express agreement, the Initiating Party may withdraw the request for informal resolution and file a formal complaint.
What else should I know?
Ordinarily, the informal resolution process will be concluded within two to three weeks of the date of the request.
When the allegations, if true, might constitute criminal conduct, the party against whom they are brought is advised to seek legal counsel before making any written or oral statements.
If you are facing allegations, you may wish to obtain legal advice about how this process could affect any criminal case in which you are or may become involved.