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Overview of Processes

Category 1: Formal Grievance Process Under 2020 Title IX Regulations

Initial Assessment

After receiving a report, the Title IX Coordinator connects with the Complainant to discuss:

  • Options for supportive measures
  • Campus and community resources
  • Options for university resolution

Investigation Initiated

Once a complainant formally request university resolution, SVSU initiates an investigation. The Title IX Coordinator sends notice of investigation to the Respondent, which includes summary of allegations, a request to meet, & necessary details.

Process Reviewed

The Title IX Coordinator connects with the Respondent to discuss:

  • Overview of the allegation
  • Applicable procedures
  • Options for support

Interviews

Complainant and respondent parties and any relevant witnesses are interviewed, and all documents and evidence are reviewed. If necessary, some parties may be asked for an additional interview. Parties have an equal opportunity to submit information and identify relevant witnesses.

Review Draft Report

Complainant and respondent parties receive a draft report summarizing the interviews and evidence, and have the opportunity to review and comment.

Investigation Report

Complainant and respondent parties receive a final report, including any evidence that is relevant and directly related.

Hearing

A hearing will be held, where complainant and respondent parties and witnesses will submit to indirect questioning by a hearing officer, panel and then by the parties through their Advisors.

Outcome & Sanction(s)

Complainant and respondent parties will be notified of the outcome of the hearing. If the Respondent is found in violation of SVSU policy, the notice will include any assigned sanction(s). Appeals may be requested on limited grounds.

 

Category 2: Grievance Process for University Sexual Misconduct

Initial Assessment

After receiving a report, the Title IX Coordinator connects with the Complainant to discuss:

  • Options for supportive measures
  • Campus & community resources
  • Options for university resolution

Investigation Initiated

Once a complainant formally request university resolution, SVSU initiates an investigation. The Title IX Coordinator sends notice of investigation to the Respondent, which includes summary of allegations, a request to meet, & necessary details.

Process Reviewed

The Title IX Coordinator connects with the Respondent to discuss:

  • Overview of the allegation
  • Applicable procedures
  • Options for support

Interviews

Complainant and respondent parties and any relevant witnesses are interviewed, and all documents and evidence are reviewed. If necessary, some parties may be asked for an additional interview. Parties have an equal opportunity to submit information and identify relevant witnesses.

Review Draft Report

Complainant and respondent parties receive a draft report summarizing the interviews and evidence, and have the opportunity to review and comment.

Investigation Report

Complainant and respondent parties receive a final report, including whether the investigation found sufficient or insufficient evidence to move forward. If there is sufficient evidence to move forward, the Respondent has the opportunity to request a hearing.

Hearing

A hearing will be held, where complainant and respondent parties and witnesses will submit to indirect questioning by a hearing officer, panel and then by the parties through their Advisors.

Outcome & Sanction(s)

Complainant and respondent parties will be notified of the outcome of the hearing. If the Respondent is found in violation of SVSU policy, the notice will include any assigned sanction(s). Appeals may be requested on limited grounds.

 

Category 2: Resolution Process for Harassment & Discrimination

Formal Complaint

Any individual may file a formal complaint with the Title IX Coordinator alleging discrimination or harassing behavior.

Investigation

The matter will then proceed to an investigation, which will be conducted by the Title IX Office. Occasionally, a different or less formal response to the complaint may be warranted.

Draft Report

Complainant and respondent parties receive a draft report summarizing interviews and evidence and have the opportunity to review and comment.

Investigation Report

The investigator will complete a final report including the investigator’s analysis and findings, which will be provided to the Complainant, the Respondent and other pertinent SVSU officials as necessary to insure proper resolution and follow-up regarding the matter.

Corrective Action

Complainant and respondent parties receive a draft report summarizing the interviews and evidence and have the opportunity to review and comment.

 

CONTACT US.


Title IX Coordinator - Dr. Mamie Thorns

mtthorns@svsu.edu
(989) 964-4068

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(989) 964-4141