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Disciplinary procedures involving allegations of sex discrimination will be conducted promptly and will be fair, equitable, and impartial. The standard of proof in such disciplinary proceedings shall be that of the preponderance of the evidence, which is based upon whether it is more likely than not that a violation occurred.

The Title IX resolution process and investigation is completely separate from any investigation being conducted by local, state or federal law enforcement agencies. Both the Reporting Party and the Respondent shall have an equal opportunity for a reliable and impartial investigation, and will be afforded equal rights to have an advisor, present witnesses, and review information.

After a complaint has been fully investigated and reviewed, a decision regarding responsibility (whether it is more likely than not that a violation of policy has occurred) is determined. If there is a responsible finding that a violation did occur, appropriate sanctions will be issued. Both the Respondent and the Reporting Party will be informed of the outcome in writing, and shall have equal rights to appeal the decision.

In all complaints under this policy, even in the case where the Reporting Party may not wish to pursue a formal resolution, the University will perform its due diligence to investigate and take prompt and effective action as is reasonably practicable under the circumstances to stop and prevent the recurrence of the alleged conduct. This includes taking interim remedial actions pending an investigation and formal resolution process.

These interim actions are designed to end the harassment, eliminate the hostile environment, and prevent recurrence. They are not decisions about responsibility. They can include no contact orders, changes to University academic schedules, housing, and employment arrangements, and interim suspension in some cases.  Interim actions are continually reassessed for efficacy and may be adjusted at any point in the resolution process.