A. Complaints of Sexual Harassment or Sexual Misconduct
Student Resolution Process
Complaints recieved may be investigated and, if warranted, advance to disciplinary proceedings according to the procedures outlined in the Code of Conduct (Section N). The preponderance of the evidence standard set forth in the Code of Conduct will also be used in all investigations and hearings pertaining to cases of sexual harassment/ misconduct.
Sanctions for cases of sexual misconduct will vary based on the nature and severity of the situation. The full range of applicable sanctions is listed in the Code of Conduct (Article II Section C). Pursuant to the Code of Conduct, sanctions of suspension and expulsion are automatically stayed and referred to the Provost for review. The Provost may make any determination outlined in the Code of Conduct, and such determination shall not be subject to further appeal on the basis that the sanction imposed was inappropriate to the offense.
Notwithstanding any provision of the Code of Conduct to the contrary, sexual assaults may not be mediated. Further, in cases of sexual misconduct, the complainant and respondent will not be permitted to directly question one another, unless both such parties have agreed to such questioning in writing. In the case where such mutual agreement does not exist, each may suggest questions to be posed by the chair of the Campus Judicial Board or the Dean of Students (or designee), as the case may be. Please see the Student Handbook for more information.
Upon request of either the complainant or respondent, at any time during the proceedings, Illinois Tech will provide reasonable accommodations to ensure that the complainant and respondent are separated, while still being able to hear one another. Both the complainant and respondent (i) will have equal access to the same information to be provided pursuant to the Code of Conduct in connection with a disciplinary proceeding and (ii) will be afforded the same opportunity to participate in the process equally, meaning the complainant will have the same rights and options as are afforded to the respondent under the Code of Conduct.
appealing a decision
Consistent with the process and procedures and within the timeframes provided for in the Code of Conduct, both the complainant and respondent will have the same right to appeal a decision made and/or sanction imposed in matters involving complaints of sexual misconduct.