Investigative Process

Step 1: An allegation of discrimination or harassment is reported to the Office of Discrimination and Harassment (ODH)

Step 2: The complainant/alleged victim is interviewed by the ODH.

Step 3: The discrimination and harassment officer or investigator determines whether a full investigation should be conducted. Some situations can be resolved through an informal resolution process.

Step 4: If a full investigation is conducted, a Notice of Investigation (NOI) is sent to the respondent (alleged harasser or discriminator) informing him/her of the allegations. The respondent is required to contact the ODH and meet with the investigator.

Step 5: The investigator meets with the parties, relevant witnesses and collects all supporting evidence.

Step 6: The investigator drafts a report.

Step 7: The report is submitted to the standing review committee for review.

Step 8: After the standing review committee approves the report, it is sent to the complainant, respondent, respondent's supervisors and the Chancellor.

There are three possible outcomes to an investigation by ODH:

  1. A violation of the policy.
  2. There is no violation of the policy, but the behavior was inappropriate.
  3. There is no violation of policy.

The ODH does not have the authority to recommend disciplinary action. It is also a violation of the policies for an individual to make an intentionally false complaint of discrimination, harassment or related retaliation or to provide intentionally false information regarding a complaint.

Julia Paris, J.D.
Discrimination and Harassment Officer
Title IX Coordinator
Kelly Mattingly
Discrimination and Harassment Investigative Assistant
Office of Discrimination & Harassment
Academic Office Building, Room 528 and 530
(719) 255-4324, on campus: x4324