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Investigation and Hearing Process

Interim Policy

Applies to cases where:

  • Student accused of sexual misconduct; and
  • Faces expulsion or suspension; and
  • Witness credibility is central to the case.

Complaint Filed

  • Title IX Coordinator ("T9C") meets with Complainant explains complaint process (Formal Investigation and Early Resolution)
  • T9C sends notice to Respondent and schedules meeting
  • Reasonable supportive measures are provided to the Parties

Formal Investigation

  • Investigator meets with the Complainant , Respondent, and witnesses and collects evidence through interviews and document review

Evidence Review

  • Parties may review evidence and provide evidence and questions for witnesses
  • Investigator drafts report that will be sent to Parties for review


  • Hearing Officer oversees live hearing where Parties can request questions be asked of each other and witnesses
  • Parties may provide questions to Hearing Officer to ask each other and other witnesses

Hearing Decision

  • If violation found, Parties may submit statements regarding sanctions
  • If violation found, Hearing Officer recommends sanctions
  • Campus sends decision letter to Parties with finding and sanctions, where applicable


  • A Party that is not satisfied with the outcome may appeal the finding and/or sanction, under limited circumstances

Early Resolution

Early Resolution available up to Hearing Decision. If Early Resolution is reached, the process ends.

Title IX: Discrimination, Harassment & Retaliation

(831) 582-3510
Gavilan Hall