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Office of Diversity & Equal Opportunity

Office of Equal Opportunity

Complaint Procedures

II. Definitions

A. Complaint of Discrimination: A charge filed in accordance with either these or other University procedures that alleges a violation of any University policy or federal, state, or local law related to discrimination.

B. Complainant: A party who files a complaint alleging that he or she has been the subject of a discriminatory act. As necessary, the University reserves the right to initiate a complaint, to serve as complainant, and to initiate proceedings without a formal complaint. A reporting party and complainant need not be the same person.

C. Corrective Action: Any action levied against an employee found responsible for violating University policy by the employee's supervisor and any other appropriate administrator.

D. Discriminatory Act: Any action taken in violation of the University's Discrimination and Harassment Policy.

E. Investigator: An objective, neutral fact-finder. The investigator may or may not be an Office of Equal Opportunity investigator.

F. Office of Equal Opportunity: This office is responsible for reviewing complaints of discrimination, harassment and/or sexual misconduct. Its review will include factual findings and determinations of responsibility for violating the Discrimination and Harassment Policy, Section 3.10.010.

G. Outcomes: Required educational opportunities, restrictions, and/or expectations outlined for a student found responsible for violating University policy.

H. Outcome Council: A body composed of trained members to review the report from the Office of Equal Opportunity, and issue outcomes to student respondents only.

I. Preponderance of the evidence: The standard of proof that the Office of Equal Opportunity applies to its investigations. An allegation is proven by a preponderance of the evidence if, based on the information provided, it is more likely to have occurred than not to have occurred.

J. Reporting party: Any person who has shared a concern or incident of discrimination or harassment, including sexual misconduct. The reporting party need not be the complainant.

K. Respondent: An individual accused of violating University policies.

L. Written Notice: A general statement concerning the University policy that has allegedly been violated.