The following excerpt from the Title IX Policy on Sexual Assault, Stalking and Other Forms of Sexual Misconduct establishes specific rights for both complainants and respondents.
Rights of Complainants and Respondents
VII. Rights of the complainants and the accused
- The Complainant has the right to choose whether or not to file a formal complaint. There may be circumstances, however, in which the University must investigate and take action to protect the complainant or other members of the University community.
- In addition to pursuing administrative penalties and remedies, the Complainant maintains the right to pursue criminal charges.
- Both the Complainant and the Respondent shall be informed of the outcome of any institutional disciplinary proceeding brought alleging sexual misconduct (the University’s final determination and any sanction(s)).
- The Complainant and the Respondent are entitled to the same opportunities to have others present during an institutional disciplinary proceeding.
- A Complainant has the right to change University housing and academic arrangements if such changes are reasonably available.