A. Process Assurances: Complainant and Respondent

In any report, complaint, investigation or resolution under this policy, both a complainant and a respondent can expect:

  1. a prompt and equitable response to reports of Prohibited Conduct;

  2. to receive supportive measures that may be reasonably available and necessary for protection and support;

  3. information about how to access confidential resources on and off campus and other forms of support available through the College and in the community;

  4. written notice of the alleged conduct, potential policy violations at issue, and details about the process;

  5. an adequate, reliable, thorough and impartial process conducted by individuals free from conflict of interest and bias;

  6. a process that includes the presumption that the respondent is not responsible for a policy violation unless and until a determination regarding responsibility is made at the conclusion of the process;

  7. the opportunity for an advisor of choice who may attend all meetings and proceedings related to the report and/or complaint;

  8. timely notice of any meeting at which the party’s presence is required, with sufficient time to prepare for the meeting;

  9. agency and autonomy to decline to participate in an investigation or resolution under the policy, although the College may choose to continue the process even if the complainant and/or respondent does not participate;

  10. to identify witnesses, submit suggested questions in writing during the investigation, and provide evidence during the investigation and resolution; 

  11. timely and equal access to any information that is used in the investigation and resolution;

  12. prompt remedial action if Prohibited Conduct is determined to have occurred;

  13. regular communication about the progress of the process and of the resolution;

  14. timely written notice of the outcome, required remedies, and issued sanctions and rationale;

  15. the opportunity to appeal the outcome (determination as to responsibility) and sanction;

  16. to be free from retaliation;

  17. parties may request interpreters and/or translators which will be selected and provided by the College;

  18. reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities can be requested through established College protocol as provided by the Americans with Disabilities Act and/or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act; and,

  19. to be free from College-imposed orders restricting parties from discussing the case with others.  This does not prohibit the College from issuing no-contact orders or requiring employees to abide by confidentiality laws.