What happens after I report?
Any individual may report an allegation under the Sexual Misconduct Policy and trigger an investigation of sexual misconduct. After the Deputy Title IX Coordinator receives a report of sexual misconduct, an investigation will be initiated that could lead to charging a student with allegedly violating Willamette University’s Standards of Conduct - Sexual Misconduct Policy. The university will investigate all reports of sexual misconduct promptly.
- The university's responsibility to investigate all allegations of sexual misconduct exists regardless of whether that investigation culminates in a hearing, and it exists independently of any pending criminal justice process. The investigation process will be thorough and impartial.
- In every case, a preliminary investigation will proceed to the point where a reasonable assessment of the safety of the individual and of the campus community can be made. Thereafter, the investigation may continue depending on a variety of factors, such as the request of the claimant and the risk to the individual or campus community.
- The first step of an investigation will usually be a preliminary interview by a trained investigator with the reporter of sexual misconduct. All investigations will take place in compliance with applicable laws and university policies, including laws and policies pertaining to student privacy and confidentiality. If a hearing is requested, the investigator will collect all relevant information for the hearing administrator’s consideration and evaluation.
- If the complainant wishes to file a formal complaint of an incident of sexual misconduct or if the initial inquiry identifies a potential danger to the community, a sexual misconduct administrative hearing process will be initiated. In this case, the respondent will be notified by the investigator or designate of the accusation and apprised of the investigation procedures, their rights and responsibilities, and the possibility of a hearing.
- In investigating allegations of sexual misconduct, the university will collect information relevant to the report. This includes but is not limited to statements and physical evidence.
- Students will be afforded the opportunity to review the investigative report in advance of the hearing and be allowed to add additional information prior to the report being reviewed in the hearing. New evidence not reasonably available at the time of the investigation may be considered in the hearing. Evidence and testimony gathered and reviewed during the investigation will not be duplicated in the hearing.
- The university will also take appropriate interim measures to protect the parties involved. This can include, but is not limited to, restricted contact, residential relocation, or immediate restriction of access to campus facilities, programs or services. The Deputy Title IX Coordinator or designate may limit a student or organization's access to certain university facilities or activities pending resolution of the matter. In other cases, the Deputy Title IX Coordinator or designate may place a student organization on interim separation in response to a report of sexual misconduct where that misconduct poses an ongoing risk of harm to the safety or well-being of an individual or members of the campus community. Pending resolution of the situation, a student or organization may be denied access to campus.