Student Handbook: Students' Rights and Responsibilities
Title IX Sexual Misconduct Policy: Complainant Does Not Wish to Pursue a Formal Hearing or Requests Anonymity
If the complainant does not wish to pursue a formal hearing and/or requests that his or her complaint remain anonymous, Title IX nevertheless requires the University to investigate and take reasonable action in response to the complainant’s request. The Assistant Dean of Student Services will inform the complainant, however, the University’s ability to respond may be limited. In such cases, Title IX requires the University to evaluate the complainant’s request that the complaint not be subject to a formal hearing or remain anonymous in the context of the University’s commitment to provide a reasonably safe and non-discriminatory environment for all students. Even if the University cannot take disciplinary action against the accused student because the complainant insists on anonymity or that the complaint not be subject to formal review, Title IX nonetheless requires the University to take prompt and effective action to limit the effects of the alleged sexual assault or harassment and to prevent its recurrence.