14.10 Protection of Alleged Victims, Complainants, and Others

  1. Alleged victims will be informed of relevant procedural steps taken during the investigation and any interim protective measures taken. An alleged victim may be accompanied by a victim advocate and other support persons during the investigation process if the alleged victim so desires.
  2. Throughout the investigation and resolution of a complaint, steps will be taken to protect alleged victims, complainants, witnesses, and others from harm caused by continuation of the alleged harassing behavior.
  3. Retaliation against alleged victims, complainants, and/or witnesses who provide information during an investigation pursuant to this policy is prohibited by II-11 Anti-Retaliation. Reasonable action will be taken to assure that alleged victims, complainants, and/or witnesses suffer no retaliation as a result of their activities with regard to the process.
  4. Steps that may be taken to protect alleged victims, complainants, witnesses, and others from continued harassment and/or retaliation might include:
    1.  lateral transfers of one or more of the parties in an employment setting and a comparable move if a classroom setting is involved, and
    2.  arrangement that academic and/or employment evaluations concerning complainants or others be made by an appropriate individual other than the respondent.
  5. Any retaliation against alleged victims, complainants or witnesses should be reported pursuant to the Anti-Retaliation Policy (II-11). Retaliation may result in disciplinary action against the person committing the retaliatory act(s).
  6. In extraordinary circumstances, the Provost, a dean, a DEO, or any vice president may, at any time during or after an investigation of allegations of harassment, suspend or partially restrict from employment any employee accused of harassment if the Provost, dean, DEO, or vice president finds that it is reasonably certain that:
    1. the employee engaged in harassment in violation of this policy, and
    2. serious and immediate harm will ensue if the person continues their employment. Similarly, if the respondent is a student, interim sanctions may be imposed pursuant to Section 10 of the Student Misconduct Procedure.