Title IX- Timeline
Investigations are completed expeditiously, normally within 60-90 business days, though some investigations take significantly longer, depending on the nature, extent and complexity of the allegations, availability of witnesses, police involvement, etc.
Once the decision is made to initiate a formal investigation, the Assistant Vice President for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion will provide the parties with a notice of allegation and/or investigation generally within two (2) business days following the appointment of an investigation team. Within the notice of investigation, each party is invited to attend a meeting to review the allegation, investigation process, their rights and resources (including right to have an advisor present and report to law enforcement), and to identify any potential conflicts with the investigative team members. This meeting is typically held with the Assistant Vice President for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and the responsible administrator assigned to the investigation team.
In most cases it takes 10-20 business days to arrange scheduling and conduct interviews with the parties and witnesses, transcribe interviews and have the parties and witnesses review their transcriptions, collect information from the parties and witnesses, and independently gather relevant information.
Upon concluding the investigation, the investigators create an investigative report that provides a timeline of the investigative process, includes alleged policy violations, reviews all of the information that has been collected in the neutral fact-finding process, analyzes credibility of the parties and witnesses involved (approximately 5-10 business days). The investigative report is then reviewed by the Assistant Vice President for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (approximately 3-5 business days). The parties are usually afforded three (3) business days to review the investigative report, list of witnesses, and all the information used to render a decision before a determination is made. The parties can provide clarifications and suggest additional questions, or witnesses. The investigative team takes typically between 5-10 business days to review the information gathered, determine if a policy violation occurred, finalize the investigation report, recommend sanctions if appropriate, and notify the parties.
The Assistant Vice President for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion may undertake a short delay in its investigation (typically days to weeks) to allow evidence collection when criminal charges are being investigated on the basis of the same behaviors that invoke this process. The Assistant Vice President for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion will promptly resume their investigation and resolution processes once notified by law enforcement that the initial evidence collection process is complete. The ability of the Assistant Vice President for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion to take action will not typically be altered or precluded on the grounds that civil or criminal charges involving the same incident have been filed or that charges have been dismissed or reduced.