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4.4 Resolution of Allegations Against Students
- Allegations that a student has engaged in unwelcome sexual behavior or sexual harassment will be handled through the Office of Student Accountability (319-335-1527), in consultation with the Office of the Sexual Misconduct Response Coordinator (319-335-6200), and in accordance with this policy, the Code of Student Life, IV-2 Policy on Sexual Misconduct, Dating/Domestic Violence, or Stalking Involving Students, and the Student Misconduct Procedure.
- The Office of the Sexual Misconduct Response Coordinator is available to advise complainants and alleged victims on the resolution of allegations against students. To the maximum extent possible, the Office of the Sexual Misconduct Response Coordinator and the Office of Student Accountability shall work together to ensure a coordinated and effective institutional response to reports or complaints alleging that a student has engaged in sexual harassment or unwelcomed sexual behavior.
- At an alleged victim's request, the Office of the Sexual Misconduct Response Coordinator will assist the victim in addressing a situation involving allegations of unwelcomed sexual behavior or sexual harassment against a student without initiating formal disciplinary action against the student respondent. However, the University may conduct a formal investigation of allegations and pursue disciplinary action, even without an alleged victim's consent, if circumstances warrant.
- When responding to allegations against an individual who is both a student and a University employee (including graduate assistants), the University may use the processes set out below in II-4.5 of this policy and/or the Student Misconduct Procedure, as it considers appropriate in the circumstances.