Individuals participating in an investigation will work directly with the Associate Dean of Students in the University for Disciplinary Affairs throughout the process.
The Associate Dean serves as a neutral investigator in the process and is responsible for gathering all relevant information related to the complaint and providing a prompt, fair, impartial, and thorough investigation. An investigation typically begins with a written complaint, which serves as the basis for questioning and information gathering. Once the written complaint is received, the Associate Dean will work to strategize on how best to gather information related to the complaint. The process includes acquiring relevant documents, establishing timelines, and interviewing the complainant, respondent, and applicable witnesses.
Based on the inquiry and in consultation with the Faculty Chair of the University-wide Student Disciplinary Committee and the Dean of Students in the University (or designee), the Associate Dean of Students in the University has the discretion and authority to dismiss the complaint, to resolve the complaint informally with the parties, or to refer the complaint to the Faculty Chair of the University-wide Student Disciplinary Committee who can recommend convening a disciplinary committee to hear the incident.
If the incident is sent to a disciplinary committee hearing, the Associate Dean will process, evaluate, and synthesize all information gathered during the investigation to create a detailed report summarizing the information.
Prior to a hearing with the University-wide Student Disciplinary Committee, the complainant and respondent will have the opportunity to see all the information to be used by the committee to make a decision of responsibility.
A printable version of the process diagram is also available here.