Kristine Barnett, EdD
Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Dean, Liberal Studies
The University is committed to maintaining the privacy of all individuals involved in a report of sexual misconduct.
In any Title IX review of an allegation of sexual misconduct, every effort will be made to protect the privacy and interests of the individuals involved in a manner consistent with the need for a thorough review of the allegation. Such a review is essential to protecting the safety of the Complainant, the Respondent, and the broader campus community and to maintaining an environment free from sexual discrimination.
At all times, the privacy of the parties will be respected and safeguarded. Information related to a report of misconduct will be shared only with those University employees who “need to know” in order to assist in the investigation and/or resolution of the complaint. All University employees who are involved in the Title IX review process, including conduct board hearing members, have received specific training regarding the safeguarding of private information. Students or employees wishing to obtain confidential assistance through on-campus or off-campus resources without making a report to the University may do so by speaking with professionals who are obligated by law to maintain confidentiality. As a reminder, students may seek confidential assistance on campus through Health Services, the Counseling Center. Employees may seek confidential assistance through the Employee Assistance Plan.
If a report of misconduct discloses an immediate threat to the University campus community, the University may issue a timely notice of the conduct to the community to protect the health or safety of the broader campus community. This notice will not contain any biographical or other identifying information. Immediately threatening circumstances include, but are not limited to, recently reported incidents of sexual misconduct that include the use of force, a weapon, or other circumstances that represent a serious and ongoing threat to University students, faculty, administrators, staff, or visitors.
All resolution proceedings are conducted in compliance with the requirements of FERPA, the Clery Act, Title IX, and University policy. No information shall be released from such proceedings except as required or permitted by law or University policy.