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Rights of the Complainant and Respondent

Note: This language is part of Point Park University's Policy Prohibiting Sexual Misconduct, Relationship Violence and Stalking.

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The University commits to providing a fair and equitable process for resolving complaints of sexual misconduct, relationship violence and stalking, which includes the following:

The right to prompt investigation and appropriate resolution of all credible complaints of sexual misconduct, relationship violence and stalking.

The right to be treated with respect by University officials.

The right to be informed of and have access to campus resources for medical, counseling and advisory services where indicated.

The right to be fully informed of the nature, rules and procedures of the investigation and resolution process, and to timely written notice of the alleged violations within the complaint, including the nature of the violations.

The right not to have irrelevant prior sexual history admitted as evidence in the Findings of Fact report.

The right to appeal sanction(s) imposed, in accordance with the standards for appeal established by the University’s Policy Prohibiting Sexual Misconduct, Relationship Violence and Stalking.

The right to an investigation and resolution process that is closed to the public.

The right to petition that the deputy Title IX coordinator be removed on the basis of demonstrated bias.

The right to have complaints and appeals heard by a deputy Title IX coordinator, Title IX coordinator, or other designated University official who has received annual sexual misconduct, relationship violence and stalking adjudication training.

The right to be accompanied and assisted by an advisor during the investigation process. This advisor can be anyone, including an attorney provided at the complainant’s/respondent’s own cost, but the advisor may not take part directly in the interview or investigation itself, though they may communicate with the complainant/respondent as necessary.

The right to an outcome based solely on evidence presented during the investigation process. Such evidence shall be credible, relevant, based in fact, and without prejudice.

The right to timely written notice of the outcome and sanction(s).