Faculty Sexual Harassment Reporting and Resolution Process
We encourage faculty to report acts of sexual misconduct, sexual harassment, stalking, domestic violence, and any other gender-based violence. All faculty must be educated on how to report, and all department heads must be trained on how to handle reports that are made.
The below steps outline the reporting and resolution process:
- Sexual misconduct occurs between or among faculty members.
- Notify your supervisor and/or Dean.
- The Dean notifies HR.
- HR notifies Title IX. Title IX Assigns co-investigators.
- Fact finding and initial inquiry begins. Most faculty to faculty incidents will be handled through the faculty process and may not require Title IX, as they can be resolved under Title VII. Faculty and student cases will always be resolved under Title IX.
- Facts are determined, and a report is written.
- Human Resources and Title IX determine if an informal resolution can happen.
- Sanctions are recommended to the Dean and the Provost. The Provost approves the recommended sanctions or decides to launch a full investigation. If the faculty member agrees to an informal resolution, no appeal is available. If not, then a full investigation in line with Faculty procedures is launched.
- A resolution is determined. This resolution must stop the behavior and prevent it from reoccurring.
Notifying the Title IX Administrator of an open sexual harassment case through HR Employee Relations allows the Administrator to determine what type of culture the community is engaging in and plan for educational reform as part of the role of the administrator. Secondly, should the initial inquiry lead investigators to more extreme patterns of sexual misconduct that also includes guests, visitors, or students, the Title IX Administrator will be required to conduct a concurrent inquiry and investigation.