Individuals who have been named in a formal complaint alleging a violation of the Interim Policy on Sexual Harassment and Sexual Misconduct have a right to expect:

  • To be treated with dignity and respect.
  • Timely written notice of a formal complaint, including the identity of the complainant, the precise misconduct being alleged, the implicated policies and procedures, and possible sanctions.
  • To be presumed not responsible for alleged misconduct and that no determination of responsibility will be made until the end of the grievance process.
  • To be notified of counseling and support resources as well as the right to request disability accommodations and language translations at any stage of the resolution process.
  • Preservation of privacy, to the extent possible and permitted by law.
  • A prompt, thorough, reliable, equitable, and impartial response, investigation, and resolution.
  • To know the relevant and directly related evidence obtained and to respond to that evidence.
  • To have up to two advisors providing support and assistance throughout the resolution process. 
  • To be notified of the outcome at or near the same time as the complainant.

For a complete list of procedural rights afforded to parties, see the Section 4.23(ag) of the Interim Policy on Sexual Harassment and Sexual Misconduct.


The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights

Anyone who believes that an educational institution receiving federal financial assistance has discriminated against someone on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability or age may file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR). The person or organization filing the complaint doesn’t need to be a victim of the alleged discrimination, but may complain on behalf of another person or group. This page contains information about the Office for Civil Rights, including how to file a complaint.