There are resources available to you to assist individuals accused of discrimination or sexual misconduct during the EO & Title IX process. An advisor or confidential resource can also help you navigate your options.
What do I do if I am accused of discrimination or sexual misconduct?
It is important that you do not contact the complainant.
In cases of sexual misconduct, you may immediately want to contact someone who can act as your advisor. Anyone may serve as your advisor or you may choose to select a university staff person trained as an advisor, which are listed in the Resources for Respondents section.
As outlined through this policy, individuals accused of discrimination or sexual misconduct have rights under this Policy. Read the University Policy carefully and get informed about your rights. The EO & Title IX Coordinator is also available to explain the University’s procedures for addressing discrimination and sexual misconduct complaints and to answer any questions you may have.
Interim measures, depending on the circumstances, may be available to you during the course of an investigation. You are also encouraged to notify the EO & Title IX Coordinator of any concerns that arise as a result of the investigation, such as with your class schedule, university activities, coursework or housing arrangements.
If you feel you have been harassed as the result of these allegations, please promptly report these incidents to the EO & Title IX Coordinator.
It is important that you save any information you believe is relevant to disputing the allegations, such as text messages or social media messages. You will also have the opportunity to respond to the allegations, which may include presenting relevant information and requesting that the investigator speak with witnesses.
Emotional and confidential support is available to you on campus and in the community. See the Resources tab for more information.
Will my parents or family members be told?
No, not unless you tell them, however, university officials may disclose information if a life threatening health or safety concern exists. Whether you are the complainant or the respondent, the University’s primary relationship is to the student and not to the parent. However, in the event of major medical, disciplinary, or academic jeopardy, students are strongly encouraged to inform their parents. University officials may also directly inform parents when requested to do so by a student. A student must make this request to the EO & Title IX Coordinator and sign appropriate consent forms to allow such communication.
What happens if I was under the influence of alcohol or drugs?
The use of alcohol and/or drugs by either party will not diminish an individual’s responsibility for abstaining from violent behavior or their responsibility to obtain affirmative consent for sexual activity. For instance, an individual’s responsibility is not diminished if they caused harm to another driver after driving while intoxicated.
Emotional Support and Counseling: We highly recommend that you seek support. The University provides multiple options for support including counseling through The Office of Counseling and Personal Development and University Ministry. University personnel on campus have different reporting responsibilities and different abilities to maintain confidentiality, depending on their roles. An employee’s duty to report may vary based on the law, the situation and the employee’s role.