Upon receipt of a report of sexual misconduct or interpersonal violence, the Title IX Coordinator will review the report and coordinate support services. The Student Care Team will reach out to the complainant to explain reporting options, resources, and offer supportive measures. The next steps depend on whether or not the complainant wishes to file a complaint and whether or not the complaint falls under EWU's definition of a Title IX complaint.
Allegation(s) against a student
After supportive measures are offered to a complainant, if the complainant wishes to file a complaint against a student, EWU will review the complaint to determine which process applies. Complaints are generally referred for an investigation. At that time, the complainant and respondent will receive a notice of investigation. Following the investigation, an investigative report is prepared and sent to the Director of Student Rights and Responsibilities to schedule a prehearing conference. At the prehearing conference, the director will review the hearing process with the complainant and respondent. After the prehearing, EWU conducts a hearing with live witnesses providing testimony. The hearing officer will make a determination of whether or not the Student COnduct Code has been vioalted and what the appropriate punishment will be. More information about the process is included in the Student Conduct Code.
Allegation(s) against an employee
After supportive measures are offered to a complainant, EWU's Title IX Coordinator will determine the appropriate process for addressing the complaint. Generally, complaints are referred to an investigator to conduct an investigation. For non-Title IX sexual misconduct complaints, the investigator makes factual determinations and the appropriate supervisor determines whether or not the employee has engaged in misconduct and the appropriate level of discipline. For Title IX complaints, the investigator simply gathers the facts and refers them to a board that conducts a hearing. During the hearing, live witnesses will provide testimony. A hearing board will determine whether or not the employee has engaged in misconduct and determine the appropriate level of discipline. More information about these processes is included in EWU Policy 402-01 (Sexual Misconduct, Interpersonal Violence & Title IX Responsibilities) and 402-05 (Title IX Investigations & Hearings).
Allegation(s) against non-student or non-employees.
Allegations against people who are not EWU students or employees will be assessed on a case-by-case basis to determine if EWU has jurisdiction to conduct an investigation. EWU will assist in connecting complainants to community resources and law enforcement upon request.
Reports of sexual misconduct
When the university receives a report of sexual misconduct or interpersonal violence, the Student Care Team will reach out to the potential complainant to advise the person of resources, explain their rights, and reporting options. The complainant has the right to decide whether they want to proceed with the formal complaint process. The complainant has the right to fully participate in the investigation and hearing process.
Respondent's notice of an investigation / allegation
If EWU receives a formal complaint of sexual misconduct or interpersonal violence, the respondent will receive a Notice of Investigation (NOI) or Notice of Allegation (NOA) informing them of the allegation(s) made against them, the resources available to them, their rights, and the name of the investigator / conduct officer assigned to their investigation. A respondent may provide a statement in response to the allegation(s), present evidence and identify witnesses. More information about these processes is contained in EWU's policies.