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INFORMATION ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY INVESTIGATION/RESOLUTION PROCESS
ISU is committed to providing a prompt, fair, and impartial response to reports of Prohibited Title IX Sexual Harassment. The university’s process for responding to reports of Prohibited Title IX Sexual Harassment is grounded in fairness, equity, and support for all parties; includes procedural protections that ensure notice and meaningful opportunities to participate; and recognizes the unique dynamics involved in reports of Prohibited Title IX Sexual Harassment.
Throughout the process, the parties will have equal opportunities to participate in the investigation, be accompanied by an adviser/support person, identify witnesses, provide information and evidence, review a draft of the investigative report and provide comments, participate in any necessary hearing, provide an impact statement, and appeal final determinations and sanctions, if applicable.
In all cases, the university will take prompt steps to investigate reports and stop, prevent, and remedy the impact of any Prohibited Title IX Sexual Harassment. The university cannot guarantee a definite timeframe for this process, but in all matters the university will make a good-faith effort to complete a fair, impartial investigation in a timely manner based on the totality of the circumstances present. Factors that could impede the timing of the process include the complexity and severity of the matter, the number and availability of parties and witnesses, concurrent law enforcement activity, or the need to identify and acquire physical or other evidence.
What might happen in an investigation?
An investigation could take many forms. It might include talking with a reporting student, witnesses, anyone told about the assault, and the person accused. The investigation may also include collecting other items, such as physical objects (clothing, bedding, etc.) and documentary and digital information (cell phone records, text messages, etc.). Personal cell phones might be needed temporarily, to gather information before returning the phone. A reporting student may not be required to hand over these items, but they might hold important evidence. ACCESS advocates can help inform decisions about these aspects. Students have the right to ask any questions about what is happening during an investigation, and to bring someone along to meetings, whether it is victim services staff or friend or family member. Students are kept informed during an investigation and are able to ask for updates and information about the process at any time.
You determine your engagement with a process
With both a criminal and university investigation, if at any time a reporting student decides they no longer wish to be involved, they may discontinue engaging in the process. When this occurs, the university may not be able to proceed, but parties will still have access to support measures and resources, as available.
After an investigation
Following an investigation, a summary report is provided to the Office of Student Conduct, and they will meet with both parties to discuss options for resolution and provide details about what a Student Conduct Hearing Board process might look like in the case. You can also schedule to speak with a staff in the Dean of Students Office / Office of Student Conduct by calling 515-294-1020.