Findings & Appeals

Finding: there are three possible findings that can be reached:

  • no violation of policy has occurred,
  • a violation(s) of policy has occurred, or
  • no finding (not enough evidence to reach a decision)

If the findings conclude that a violation of policy has occurred, the Investigators will determine the sanction(s) for the responding party per the appropriate University policy.  The responding party may accept the finding and/or sanction(s) or request a prompt meeting to address the investigation findings before the Title IX Coordinator/Associate Title IX Coordinator.  This meeting request must be made within 3 business days of being notified of the finding.   The Coordinator has the authority to uphold the investigator’s decision, require further investigation, set aside the finding, or modify the sanction(s).

Appeal

Both the reporting party and the responding party may submit an appeal to the appropriate Request for Appeal Administrator (RFA-A).  The RFA-A has the authority to determine if the appeal meets the established grounds for appeal.  The grounds for appeal are defined below.

Ground 1: A procedural error or omission occurred that significantly impacted the outcome of the hearing (e.g., substantiated bias, material deviation from established procedures).

Ground 2: To consider new evidence, unavailable during the original investigation, that could substantially impact the original finding or sanction. A summary of this new evidence and its potential impact must be included.

Ground 3: The sanctions fall outside the range of sanctions the University has designated for the offense.

The RFA-A will inform the reporting party and responding party of appeals filed by the other party.  To address this appeal, the reporting party or responding party must respond in writing to the RFA-A within 5 business days of being notified.

If the RFA-A determines that the appeal does not meet the grounds for appeal, the RFA-A will inform the Title IX Coordinator and both the reporting party and the responding party of that decision.  If the appeal meets one or more grounds for appeal, the RFA-A will forward the appeal to the University Conduct Appeals Panel (UCAP) and inform the Title IX Coordinator and both the reporting party and the responding party of that decision.

The UCAP will consider the appeal, render a decision on the appeal, and inform in writing both the RFA-A and the Title IX Coordinator of the decision within 3 business days with rational for making said decision.  The RFA-A will inform both the reporting party and responding party of the UCAP’s decision.