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Rutgers University is committed to fostering an environment that is safe and secure and free from sexual and gender-based discrimination and harassment, sexual violence, dating and domestic violence, stalking and other related misconduct. The University is required to comply with Title IX of the Higher Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs and activities. Similarly, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA) requires prompt, fair and impartial investigation and resolution of allegations of sexual assault, stalking, dating violence and domestic violence. Based on this legislation, Rutgers University recognizes its responsibility to increase awareness of such misconduct, prevent its occurrence, support victims, deal fairly and firmly with offenders, and diligently investigate reports of misconduct.

The following section outlines the University investigation process if a student decided they wanted to proceed with University charges. The University investigation process is separate from that of a criminal process, and students can choose to participate in both processes, participate in just one of the processes, or elect not to participate in either process.

Investigation Process

Preliminary Inquiry

Following receipt of notice of a potential violation of this Policy, the Title IX Coordinator will immediately gather as much information as possible to determine the appropriate means for addressing the report. Options for addressing reports include, but are not limited to: (1) investigating the report, (2) attempting to resolve the report through an informal process, or (3) determining that the facts of the report, even if true, would not constitute a violation of this Policy.

If a report proceeds to an informal resolution or an investigation, or if the Complainant requests interim remedial measures that might affect the Respondent (such as a “no contact” order, moving the Respondent’s University housing or changing an academic schedule), the Title IX Coordinator will provide the Respondent with written notice that a report has been filed. The notice will include a description of the allegations and the Respondent’s rights and options under this Policy.

Interim Remedial Measures

In all cases, the University will take appropriate steps designed to mitigate the effects of the alleged prohibited conduct, prevent its recurrence, and make accommodations for the students involved. Such interim measures may include, but are not limited to:

  • Moving a student’s campus residence;
  • Adjusting a student’s work schedule for University employment;
  • Changing a student’s academic schedule;
  • Changing a student’s transportation arrangements;
  • Allowing a student to withdraw from or retake a class without penalty;
  • Providing access to tutoring or other academic support; and/or
  • Issuing a “no contact” order.

Informal Resolution

Informal resolution can take place during the preliminary investigation, the formal investigation, or after its conclusion. If, based on the information known about the incident, the Title IX Coordinator believes such a resolution is possible, the Title IX Coordinator will contact the Complainant. If the Complainant agrees, the Title IX Coordinator will then contact the Respondent. If both Complainant and Respondent are satisfied with the proposed resolution and the Title IX Coordinator believes the resolution satisfies the University’s obligation to provide a safe and non-discriminatory environment for all students, the resolution will be implemented, the disciplinary process will be concluded, the matter will be closed and both parties will be provided with written notice of the resolution. If these efforts are unsuccessful, the investigation and/or disciplinary process will continue. Before starting these discussions, the Title IX Coordinator will notify the Complainant and Respondent in writing that each has the right to end the informal process at any time.

Investigation

For all reports that proceed to investigation, the Title IX Coordinator will designate a specially trained investigator (or team of investigators) to interview and gather relevant evidence from the Complainant, Respondent and any witnesses. The investigator will also work with the Rutgers University Police Department and other campus offices to gather pertinent documentary materials (if any) and other relevant information.

The investigator will take handwritten or typed notes of all interviews and based on those notes will prepare written statements for each interviewee. The Complainant, Respondent and witnesses will have the opportunity to review their own statement and provide the investigator with corrections or revisions prior to the conclusion of the investigation.

Conduct Charges

The Title IX Coordinator will review the investigation report and determine whether the information gathered supports charging the Respondent with having violated this Policy by engaging in prohibited conduct. The Title IX Coordinator or their designee will meet separately with both parties to review the investigation report and Title IX Coordinator’s determination. The Respondent and Complainant will each receive one copy of the report.

If the Title IX Coordinator determines that the Respondent will be charged with violating this Policy, the Title IX Coordinator will forward the investigation report and notice of charges to the Student Affairs Officer responsible for student.

Hearing

The hearing is a closed proceeding, meaning that no one other than the Hearing Officer, the Complainant and Respondent, their respective advisors, witnesses (when called), and necessary University personnel may be present in the hearing room or rooms during the proceeding. The Title IX Coordinator will work with other University personnel so that any student whose presence is required may participate in the hearing.

In general, hearings will proceed as follows:

  • Presentation of the investigation report by the investigator, followed by questions to the investigator by the Hearing Officer.
  • Complainant statement, followed by questions to the Complainant by the Hearing Officer.
  • Respondent statement, followed by questions to the Respondent by the Hearing Officer.
  • Witness testimony and questioning by the Hearing Officer.
  • Closing statement by Complainant.
  • Closing statement by Respondent.

The Hearing Officer may set reasonable time limits for any part of the hearing. The Complainant and Respondent each will have the opportunity to present witnesses and other information consistent with the Policy. The Hearing Officer may determine the relevance of, place restrictions on, or exclude any witnesses or information.

For more information about the investigation process please contact the Title IX Coordinator at NBTitleIX@rutgers.edu.

Interim Measures

The University wants to ensure that students reporting an incident feel safe on-campus. Even if a student decides not to move forward with a University or criminal investigation, they are still entitled to different interim measures which can help create a safer environment. Some of these measures include:

  • Changing his/her living situation, including obtaining emergency housing or moving into another residence facility.
  • Assisting the student survivor with exploring options to address academic concerns, such as transferring class sections, taking an incomplete in a class or filing a grade grievance.
  • Dealing with financial concerns, including providing financial aid guidance.

If you are interested in any of these measures please contact the Title IX Coordinator for assistance.

Rights of the Victim and the Accused Party

The University is committed to providing accessible, prompt, thorough and fair methods of investigation and resolution of incidents of sexual violence to all University students. To this end, both the victim and accused are entitled to the following rights throughout the investigation and hearing processes.

  • To be treated with dignity by all persons involved in the investigation and disciplinary process.
  • To a prompt and thorough investigation of the allegations.
  • To a fair hearing.
  • To equal access to information, evidence and University resources, including information pertaining to counseling services.
  • To information about the university’s policy on sexual violence.
  • To participate or to decline to participate in the investigation or hearing process.
  • To have an advisor of their choosing present at all meetings and hearings.
  • To written notice of all meetings and hearings, including the time and place. Proper written notification shall be defined as delivery of mail to a student’s local or permanent address, as reported by the student to the University Registrar, or an e-mail message sent to the email account established as his or her official e-mail. Students shall be held responsible for the contents of mail sent to reported addresses and e-mail messages sent to their established e-mail accounts. Students have the responsibility for providing the University with current addresses, e-mail addresses, and phone numbers.
  • To present information and/or witnesses on their behalf during the investigation and hearing process. The relevancy of witnesses shall be determined by the Title IX Coordinator or their designee during the investigation phase, and by the Hearing Officer during the hearing phase.
  • To choose not to present information against themselves. Students do not have to speak at any meeting, conference or hearing and no negative inference will be made should a student choose not to speak.
  • To hear and respond to all information presented against them.
  • To one (1) written copy of the investigation report stating the allegations, information gathered from all parties and witnesses, and the Title IX Coordinator’s determination as to whether the information gathered could constitute a violation of this Policy.
  • To adequate time to review the investigation report and any evidence that will be presented to the Hearing Officer.
  • To notice of the charges (including what prohibited conduct is at issue) that will be presented to the Hearing Officer and reasonable notice of the date and time of the hearing.
  • To have any unrelated past behavior excluded from the investigation and disciplinary process, as determined by the Title IX Coordinator or Hearing Officer.
  • To submit written materials to the Hearing Officer relevant to the sanction decision, which may include a written impact statement by the Complainant and a statement of mitigating factors by the Respondent.
  • To be free from intimidation, harassment, bullying, or any other form of retaliation throughout the investigation and disciplinary process.
  • To written notification of the results of the hearing or other case resolution, including any sanctions imposed.
  • To be informed of their right to appeal and of the process for doing so.
  • To written notification of the outcome of any appeal.
  • To privacy throughout the investigation and disciplinary process with respect to campus and other media, and from all other uninvolved parties.
  • To an opportunity to challenge the investigator(s), Title IX Coordinator, Hearing Officer, Appeals Officer or any other staff or administrator involved in the investigation, hearing or appeal process for a possible conflict of interest.
  • To understand that information collected in the process may be subpoenaed in criminal or civil proceedings.
  • To have reasonable steps taken to prevent any unnecessary or unwanted contacted with the other party(ies) during the investigation and hearing process.

Title IX Coordinators

For Complaints Against Another Student

Jackie Moran
Title IX Coordinator
Office of Student Affairs Compliance
126 College Avenue, RSC Suite 454
College Avenue Campus
848-932-8200
NBTitleIX@rutgers.edu

For Complaints Against a Faculty, Staff, or Administrative Member of Rutgers

Lisa Grosskreutz
Title IX Coordinator
Office of Employment Equity
University Human Resources
57 US Highway 1, ASB II
Cook Campus
848-932-3979
lisa.grosskreutz@rutgers.edu