Informal Resolution

Informal Resolution Conference for Students

In cases not involving allegations of Sexual Misconduct (i.e., sexual harassment of a non-physical nature), and as an alternative to a Formal Resolution Hearing, the parties may opt to pursue an Informal Resolution Conference.  An Informal Resolution Conference is a remedies-based, non-judicial approach designed to eliminate a potentially hostile working or academic environment.  This process aims to assure fairness, to facilitate communication, and to maintain an equitable balance of power between the parties.

The decision to pursue an Informal Resolution Conference may be made when the College has sufficient information about the nature and scope of the reported conduct, activity or behavior as a result of its investigation. In all cases, the College reserves the right to determine following an investigation whether the College must proceed to a Formal Resolution Hearing in order to meet the College's Title IX obligations. Participation in an Informal Resolution Conference is voluntary, and a person making a report of Sex/Gender Discrimination can request to end the conference at any time and return the investigation or proceeding to its pre-conference status.  Depending on the form of informal resolution used, it may be possible to maintain anonymity.

With consent of both the Claimant and the Respondent, the Title IX Coordinator handling the case will assign an appropriate member from the Sexual Misconduct and Advisor Response Team(SMART) to act as the facilitator. The facilitator is not an advocate for either the Claimant or the Respondent. The role of the facilitator is to aid in the resolution of problems in a non-adversarial manner.

For cases selected by the College to be resolved through an Informal Resolution Conference:

A. The parties will receive simultaneous written notice of the decision to initiate an Informal Resolution Conference.

B.   The parties will have equal opportunity to respond to the evidence presented and to call appropriate and relevant factual witnesses.

C.   The parties may be accompanied by an Advisor and/or a Supporter of their choosing, subject to the restrictions contained in the section of this policy governing the selection and use of Advisors and Supporters.

The College will not compel face-to-face confrontation between the parties or participation in any particular form of informal resolution.

The Informal Resolution Conference ends when a resolution has been reached or when the Claimant or the Respondent has decided to end the process. Agreements reached in an Informal Resolution Conference are final and not subject to appeal.