E. Advisor of Choice

Complainants and respondents may be accompanied to any meeting, Informal Resolution session, interview, and/or hearing related to the procedures outlined in this Policy by an advisor of their choice. The advisor of choice may be, but is not required to be, an attorney. If a formal complaint is filed, advisors are invited and strongly encouraged to speak with the Title IX Coordinator for an orientation to the College’s policies and procedures, privacy protections, and expectations around participation and decorum. If a formal complaint is addressed through an Informal Resolution (Section XI.F.), the parties are encouraged but not required to have an advisor. If a formal complaint is addressed through a Formal Resolution (Section XI.G.) both the complainant and the respondent must have an advisor for the purpose of conducting cross-examination at the live hearing. If either party does not have an advisor for the live hearing phase of a Formal Resolution, an advisor of the College’s choosing will be assigned at no cost to the party. The advisor’s participation is defined below:

Meetings with the Title IX Coordinator: Advisors may accompany the complainant or the respondent to any meeting with the Title IX Coordinator, and are encouraged to ask questions and speak openly and respectfully in those meetings. If a formal complaint is filed, advisors are invited and strongly encouraged to speak with the Title IX Coordinator (or designee) for an orientation to the College’s policies and procedures, privacy protections, and expectations around participation and decorum. If an advisor also expects to serve as a witness, the advisor should disclose this information to the Title IX Coordinator as soon as possible.

Informal Resolution Process: Advisors are not required to be present during any phase of the Informal Resolution process, but parties are strongly encouraged to include them. Advisors will be permitted to ask questions and advise the party with whom they are working.

Investigation: Advisors will receive access to the investigative report that contains the report narrative and all submitted evidence produced in the investigation, unless the party they are advising indicates in writing that the advisor should not be able to access the evidence. Advisors are not required to attend the investigation interview/s but they are permitted to attend. Advisors will be permitted to ask clarifying questions, as long as they are respectful and not disruptive. Advisors may not answer questions or provide information. 

Pre-Hearing Conference: Advisors are required to attend a pre-hearing conference with the Hearing Coordinator and the Hearing Officer to review the College’s live hearing procedures. Advisors are encouraged to ask questions to understand their role at the hearing and the College’s expectations around participation and decorum. If an advisor also expects to serve as a witness, the advisor should disclose this information to the Title IX Coordinator no later than this conference.

Live Hearing: At the live hearing, each party’s advisor will be responsible for asking relevant questions to the other party or parties and any witnesses. Advisors are encouraged to focus questions on disputed issues so as to assist the Hearing Officer in determining issues of credibility. This questioning will be conducted orally, directly and in real-time in a manner that, in the Hearing Officer’s sole discretion, is not inappropriate, harassing, intimidating, irrelevant, or redundant. The Hearing Officer reserves the right to remove an advisor who questions witnesses in an abusive, intimidating, harassing, or disrespectful manner. In the instance that an advisor is removed, the hearing will be suspended until a later date to permit an alternative advisor to be obtained or assigned.