FAQ on sexual violence reporting, procedures
Q. How does the college determine when to send out notifications to campus?
A. See Public Safety for detailed information about Augie Alerts, required timely warnings, voluntary community safety alerts, and voluntary bias incident alerts.
Q. Can I change my mind once I’ve made a decision to participate (or not) in the resolution process?
A. Yes. As students consider their options, there is no time limitation on decision-making. Students who have made a complaint may decide to withdraw the complaint, pause, or stop the process at any time. The Title IX team may determine the college needs to move forward with an investigation or take other action based on the information provided. In these rare situations, the complainant still may elect to not participate but can receive updates on the investigation if they wish.
Q. I’ve been invited in/asked to talk to a Title IX coordinator about an incident that happened to me. Do I have to meet with them? What should I expect during this meeting?
A. When a Title IX coordinator reaches out, our first priority is to make sure the student gets the support they need, as well as to make sure they know about, and understand, the resources available both on-campus and off-campus, including counseling, confidential advisors, medical resources, and the opportunity to file a police report.
The first meeting will cover immediate steps the college can take to help the student feel safe on campus before the situation is resolved. These steps are called “interim measures” and could include housing changes, no-contact orders, class changes, and others. The student does not have to decide to proceed with an investigation in order to request and receive interim measures.
Q. Resolution time frame — When does the “clock” start?
A. Once the student who has reported that they are a victim of a Title IX violation makes a decision to move forward with an investigation, the Title IX team aims to complete the investigation and hearing within 90 days — a time frame recommended by the Department of Education. If delays occur, for example an academic break occurs where the student who made the complaint and the accused individual are unavailable, or an extension is needed, both parties will be kept updated by a Title IX coordinator.
Q. What if I don’t know who the perpetrator is? Can I still access accommodations and resources? How does the college respond in this type of situation?
A. A student can make a report even if they do not know who the perpetrator is. A Title IX coordinator will be able to assist them in accessing the resources and accommodations needed to continue to successfully participate in their education. They also have the option to move forward with an investigation, regardless if they know who the perpetrator is.