C. Initial Assessment

Upon receipt of a report, the Title IX Coordinator will conduct an initial assessment to provide an integrated and coordinated response to reports under this policy. In the course of this initial assessment, the Title IX Coordinator will consider the complainant’s expressed preference regarding supportive measures and the manner of resolution, unless the Coordinator determines that such a course of action would be unreasonable in light of the known circumstances.

As part of the initial assessment, the Title IX Coordinator will:

  • address immediate physical safety and emotional well-being;

  • notify the complainant of the right to contact law enforcement, to decline to contact law enforcement, and to seek medical treatment;

  • advise the complainant that even if they decline to contact law enforcement, the College may be required to report the incident to law enforcement under Ohio law (and under most circumstances, the complainant may decline to participate in a law enforcement investigation);

  • inform the complainant of the importance of preservation of evidence (i.e., medical, forensic, physical, electronic, etc.)

  • enter the incident into the College’s daily crime log, if appropriate (without identifying information);

  • evaluate whether to issue a timely warning consistent with the Clery Act;

  • provide the complainant with information about on and off-campus resources;

  • notify the complainant of the range of supportive measures;

  • consider the complainant’s interests with respect to supportive measures;

  • provide the complainant with an explanation of the procedural options under the policy, including Informal Resolution and a Formal Resolution;

  • notify the complainant of the ways they may choose to participate, or decline to participate, in the various steps of the process. This will include notification that the Title IX Coordinator may, in certain circumstances, proceed without complainant’s participation and that non-participation by the complainant may limit the ability of the College to respond;

  • discuss the complainant’s expressed preference for manner of resolution and any barriers to proceeding;

  • explain the College’s policy prohibiting retaliation; and,

  • if the determination has been made to notify the respondent of the report, provide the respondent with information about resources, supportive measures, and procedural options.

No formal complaint filed by the complainant: If a complainant chooses not to file a formal complaint, the coordinator will determine whether it is appropriate to take proactive steps to address the behavior with the respondent. In this instance, the coordinator will not typically disclose the specifics of any report without the consent of the complainant. Alternatively, as below, the Title IX Coordinator may elect to file a formal complaint. 

Formal complaint filed: If a complainant decides to file a formal complaint, the Title IX Coordinator will communicate with the respondent about the complaint, and discuss the above listed information with the respondent. When a formal complaint is initiated, the respondent and complainant will be informed of the nature of the alleged conduct and/or potential charges being investigated as detailed in Section XI.D.