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Procedures for Resolving Complaints of Discrimination and Harassment

Revised July 1, 2014

I. INTRODUCTION

Purdue University is committed to maintaining an environment that recognizes the inherent worth and dignity of every person, fosters tolerance, sensitivity, understanding and mutual respect, and encourages its members to strive to reach their potential. Harassment in the workplace or the educational environment is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.

These Procedures outline the resolution processes that will be used to investigate and/or resolve a report of harassment and/or discrimination under the Purdue University Anti-Harassment Policy (III.C.1) and Equal Opportunity, Equal Access and Affirmative Action Policy (III.C.2) (“Policies”).  These Procedures apply to Title IX matters, including Relationship Violence, Sexual Exploitation, Sexual Harassment, Sexual Violence, and Stalking, in addition to all other forms of prohibited discrimination and harassment.

These Procedures apply to faculty, staff, students, and any persons conducting business with or visiting the University. Any individual or group of individuals found to have violated the Policies will be subject to disciplinary and/or remedial action, up to and including termination of employment or expulsion from the University.

Any employee, student, campus visitor or person participating in a University activity, whether on or off campus, who has experienced or witnessed discrimination and/or harassment is encouraged to report the incident(s) promptly. Prompt reporting of complaints is vital to the University's ability to resolve the matter.

The University’s reporting protocols for Title IX matters, including provisions for confidential resources, contacts for reporting, advocacy and support are set forth in the University’s Anti-Harassment Policy and the Standards for Addressing Title IX Matters (“Title IX Standards”).

Once the University has received a report of harassment and/or discrimination, the University will take any and all necessary and immediate steps to protect the Complainant. Such actions may include taking interim steps before the determination of the final outcome of an investigation.

There are both informal and formal processes for resolving complaints of discrimination and harassment. A Complainant may elect to invoke either the informal or formal resolution process. If the Complainant finds that initial informal efforts are unsatisfactory, the Complainant may then seek formal resolution.

The University may initiate an investigation of circumstances that may involve discrimination and/or harassment even where no complaint, formal or informal, has been filed. In such situations, the University may elect to investigate and, if warranted, impose disciplinary sanctions pursuant to these or other established University procedures.

In matters involving alleged criminal conduct, the Complainant may notify, or decline to notify, local law enforcement at any time.  The University may also make an independent determination to notify law enforcement and/or other authorities based on the nature of the complaint.

II. SCOPE

These Procedures apply to all complaints of discrimination and/or harassment, whether the parties are students, recognized student organizations, employees, campus visitors or persons participating in a University activity. Employees who are students involved in activities subject to these Procedures may be treated as students, as employees, or both at the sole option of the University.

These Procedures govern conduct that occurs on and/or off campus or that impacts the educational or work experience of a member of the Purdue community. In particular, off-campus conduct is subject to these procedures if 1) the conduct occurred in the context of an education program or activity of the University; 2) the conduct has or had continuing adverse effects on campus or in an off-campus education program or activity; or 3) the Respondent is a student.

III. RESOURCES FOR RESOLVING COMPLAINTS OF DISCRIMINATION AND HARASSMENT

Inquiries and complaints about discrimination and/or harassment may be brought to a Contact Person or the Vice President for Ethics and Compliance. The management of all complaints of discrimination and/or harassment, regardless of where they are initially received, and the implementation of these Procedures is the responsibility of the Vice President for Ethics and Compliance. Any question of interpretation regarding these Procedures shall be referred to the Vice President for Ethics and Compliance for final determination.

Information regarding the Title IX Coordinator for each campus is available in the Anti-Harassment Policy and the Title IX Standards.

IV. DEFINITIONS

Advisory Committee on Equity
The committee composed of faculty and staff appointed by the Vice President for Ethics and Compliance upon the nomination of the Provost, a Chancellor, the University Senate, the Administrative and Professional Staff Advisory Committee, the Clerical/Service Staff Advisory Committee and the Vice President for Student Affairs to advise the Chancellors Director and Dean of Students pursuant to Section VII of these Procedures.

Complainant(s)
A person or persons making a complaint under the Informal Resolution Process or the Formal Resolution Process.

Contact Person
A designated individual within the following University offices: (a) on the West Lafayette campus, the Office of Institutional Equity, Office of the Vice President for Human Resources, Graduate School and Office of the Dean of Students; (b) on the Calumet campus, the Office of Equity and Diversity, Office of the Dean of Students and Department of Human Resources; (c) on the Fort Wayne campus, the Office of Institutional Equity, Office of the Dean of Students and Department of Human Resources; and (d) on the North Central campus, the Office of Institutional Equity, Dean of Students Office and Human Resources.

Days
Calendar days.

Director
The Director of Institutional Equity of the West Lafayette campus.

Formal Complaint
A complaint filed pursuant to Section VII of these Procedures.

Formal Resolution Process
The process for resolving complaints of discrimination and/or harassment set forth in Section VII of these Procedures. The Formal Resolution Process involves the filing of a Formal Complaint, an investigation, a determination as to whether University Policy has been violated, and as appropriate, the imposition of sanctions and remedial measures.

Informal Complaint
A complaint made pursuant to Section VI of these Procedures.

Informal Resolution Process
The process for resolving complaints of discrimination and/or harassment set forth in Section VI of these Procedures. The Informal Resolution Process is designed to empower the parties to an Informal Complaint to reach a mutually satisfactory agreement.

Procedures
The procedures set forth in this document.

Regulations Governing Student Conduct
The rules and procedures that govern student conduct and disciplinary action as set forth by each campus.

Respondent(s)
The person or persons whose conduct is the subject of concern under these Procedures.

University
Any campus, unit, program, association or entity of Purdue University, including but not limited to Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, Purdue University Calumet, Purdue University North Central, Purdue University West Lafayette, Purdue Cooperative Extension Service and Purdue University College of Technology Statewide.

University-Initiated Investigation
An investigation initiated by the University in the absence of a formal complaint submitted by a Complainant. In a University-Initiated Investigation, a Respondent will be provided with written notice of the allegations forming the basis of the University-Initiated Investigations, and Section VII of these Procedures will govern such investigations to the greatest extent practicable.

University Investigator
A person appointed by the Director, Chancellor, or Dean of Students to investigate a Formal Complaint pursuant to Section VII of these Procedures.

V. GENERAL PROVISIONS

A. Privacy and Confidentiality

To protect both the Complainant and the Respondent, every effort will be made to protect the privacy interests of the persons involved in a manner consistent with the need for a thorough review of a report or Complaint.

If the Complainant requests that his or her name or other identifiable information not be shared with the Respondent, or requests that the University take no formal action in response to a report, the Vice President for Ethics and Compliance shall evaluate such request and notify such individual of the University’s response to such request. The University will honor the Complainant’s request to the extent possible based on a careful balancing of such requests with any legal reporting requirements, the risk of harm to any individual and the University's duty to maintain a safe and non-discriminatory environment for all.

If the University honors the request for confidentiality, the University’s ability to meaningfully investigate the incident and pursue disciplinary action against a Respondent may be limited. Complainants are advised, however, that the University may be obligated to move forward with a University - Initiated Investigation and potential disciplinary action if there is an individual or public safety concern and sufficient independent information exists to establish that the Anti-Harassment Policy has been violated.

The Vice President for Ethics and Compliance will assess such requests by examining the seriousness of the reported conduct, whether the reported misconduct was perpetrated with a weapon, the respective ages and roles of the Complainant and Respondent, whether there have been other reports of harassment or discrimination by the Respondent, whether the University possess other means to obtain relevant evidence, whether the report reveals a pattern of perpetration at a given location or by a particular group, and the rights of the Respondent to receive notice and relevant information before disciplinary action is initiated.

B. Interim Measures

Upon receipt of a complaint, the University will take interim measures to address concerns regarding safety and well-being. If necessary, the University will assist the Complainant in making reasonable efforts to avoid contact with the Respondent(s). Interim measures may include no contact directives, changes in class or work schedules, changes in University-owned living arrangements, interim suspension, University-imposed leave, or any other measures that the University deems appropriate. Interim measures are available under both Informal and Formal Resolution Processes, although the ability to impose certain protective measures against a Respondent may require that the report be resolved through the Formal Resolution Process.

C. Advisor or Support Person

Both a Complainant and a Respondent are entitled to an advisor or support person of their choice, and the advisor or support person may accompany the party to any meeting or proceeding under these Procedures. A Complainant may have an advisor or support person present when reporting discrimination and/or harassment or at any point in these Procedures. A Respondent may also have an advisor or support person present if and when the Respondent becomes a party to an Informal Resolution Process or a Formal Resolution Process. An advisor or support person may be an attorney, but an advisor or support person may not stand in place of either the Complainant or the Respondent, act as legal counsel for a party or otherwise participate in the Informal Resolution Process or the Formal Resolution Process.

D. Time Frames

The University encourages prompt reporting. Persons who have experienced or witnessed discrimination or harassment are encouraged to report the incident to a Contact Person as soon as possible. Complaints must be filed with a Contact Person within 120 days of the incident of discrimination or harassment or, where the discrimination or harassment is of an ongoing nature, within 120 days from the most recent incident. To file an Informal or Formal Complaint, a Complainant must complete a Complaint Information Form online, in person, or via electronic mail. The 120-day deadline to file a complaint does not apply to University-Initiated Investigations.

When extenuating circumstances warrant, a Chancellor, Dean of Students or the Director, as the case may be, has the authority and discretion to extend any of the time limits contained in these Procedures for good cause except those relating to the filing of complaints or the filing of appeals.

In general, a Complainant and Respondent can expect that the process will proceed according to the time frames provided in these Procedures. In the event that the investigation and resolution exceed this time frame, the University will notify all parties of the reason(s) for the delay and the expected adjustment in time frames. Best efforts will be made to complete the process in a timely manner by balancing principles of thoroughness, due process and fundamental fairness with promptness.

Notwithstanding the foregoing, a Complaint relating to alleged discrimination or harassment occurring during a Complainant’s employment by the University must be properly filed within 10 days following termination of the Complainant’s employment with the University.

Notwithstanding any provision contained in these Procedures to the contrary and in accordance with the Equal Opportunity, Equal Access and Affirmative Action Policy (III.C.2), a complaint alleging discrimination on the basis of marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression will be barred unless a formal complaint is filed in accordance with these Procedures within 120 days of the alleged occurrence.

E. Expectations Regarding Participation by the Parties

All employees and students have an obligation to cooperate in the conduct of these Procedures. Failure to do so may result in disciplinary action. In the event that a Complainant chooses not to participate in an interview or declines to provide information requested by the University Investigator, the Chancellor, Dean of Students or Director may dismiss the Complaint. The Chancellor, Dean of Students or Director shall provide written notice of such dismissal to the Complainant(s) and the Respondent(s). In the event that a Respondent chooses not to participate in an interview or declines to provide information requested by the University Investigator, the University Investigator may conclude that such information or interview, if provided or conducted, would be adverse to the Respondent. Where the Complaint or the circumstances involve potential criminal conduct, however, a party may choose to remain silent during the process, and such silence will not be held as an admission or considered to be adverse to the party.

Any person who knowingly makes a false statement in connection with the resolution of a Complaint under these Procedures may be subject to appropriate discipline. Making a good faith report of discrimination or harassment that is not later substantiated is not considered a false statement.

F. Special Circumstances in the Event of Conflict of Interests

In the event that a complaint concerns the conduct of the Director, the Vice President for Ethics and Compliance shall designate an individual who shall be responsible for implementing the responsibilities of the Director pursuant to these Procedures. In the event that a complaint concerns the conduct of the Vice President for Ethics and Compliance or a Chancellor, the President shall designate an individual who shall be responsible for implementing the responsibilities of the Vice President for Ethics and Compliance or such Chancellor pursuant to these Procedures. In the event that a complaint concerns the President, the Chairman of the Board of Trustees shall be responsible for implementing the responsibilities of the President pursuant to these Procedures.

G. Coordination with Law Enforcement

A Complainant may seek recourse under these Procedures and/or pursue criminal action. Neither law enforcement’s determination whether or not to prosecute a Respondent, nor the outcome of any criminal prosecution, is determinative of whether a violation of University policy has occurred. Proceedings under this policy may be carried out prior to, simultaneously with, or following civil or criminal proceedings off campus.

At the request of law enforcement, the University may agree to defer its fact gathering for a brief period during the evidence gathering stage of a criminal investigation. The University will nevertheless communicate with the Complainant regarding support, options for resolution and the implementation of interim measures to address concerns regarding safety and well-being. The University may also take immediate and prompt steps that it deems necessary to protect the University community. The University will promptly resume its fact gathering as soon as it is informed that law enforcement has completed its initial investigation.

VI. INFORMAL RESOLUTION PROCESS

To file an Informal Complaint, a Complainant must complete the Complaint Information Form online, in person, or via electronic mail. The Complaint Information Form must be submitted to a Contact Person within 120 days of the incident of discrimination or harassment or, where the discrimination or harassment is of an ongoing nature, within 120 days from the most recent incident. The Contact Person can provide assistance in completing the Complaint Information Form. Participation in the Informal Resolution Process is voluntary, and a Complainant may ask to conclude the process at any time. Contact Persons will take steps to ensure the privacy of the Complainant and Respondent during the Informal Resolution Process to the extent maintenance of privacy does not interfere with the University's obligation to address allegations of discrimination and/or harassment.

A. Processing of Informal Complaints

A Contact Person who has received a signed Complaint Information Form must forward a copy of the Form to the Office of the Vice President for Ethics and Compliance or, in the event that the matter involves persons from a Regional Campus, the Chancellor, within three days of its receipt.

In consultation with the Chancellor, Director or Dean of Students, as the case may be, the Contact Person may take appropriate steps to resolve the Informal Complaint or refer the matter for resolution to another Contact Person. Possible resolutions by agreement of the parties may include, but are not limited to: an apology to the Complainant, assisting the Respondent to better understand the effects of his or her conduct and ways in which this behavior could be changed, participation in educational programs about equal opportunity or harassment, verbal or written reprimands, or other interventions or actions aimed at ending the discrimination or harassment, preventing its recurrence and addressing its effects. Mediation may not be used, even with the agreement of the parties, in Complaints involving Sexual Violence or Relationship Violence. Similarly, a Complainant will not be required to resolve the matter directly with the Respondent.

Prior to completing the Informal Resolution Process, and/or upon the Complainant’s request, a Chancellor, the Dean of Students or the Director may determine that no purpose is served by pursuing the Informal Resolution Process and may refer the Complaint to the Formal Resolution Process.

B. Conclusion of the Informal Resolution Process

The Informal Resolution Process is designed to empower the parties to an Informal Complaint to reach a mutually satisfactory agreement. The Informal Resolution Process will be concluded by one of the following: (1) a decision to stop further action on the Informal Complaint, (2) a resolution of the Informal Complaint by agreement of the parties or (3) initiation of the Formal Resolution Process.

The Contact Person will attempt to conclude the Informal Resolution Process within 30 days. Within 10 days following conclusion of the Informal Resolution Process, the Contact Person must complete and submit a Status Report Form. A copy of the Status Report Form is to be submitted to the Vice President for Ethics and Compliance or Chancellor.

VII. FORMAL RESOLUTION PROCESS

A Formal Complaint may be filed as the first course of action or following an Informal Complaint if there is no mutually acceptable resolution during the Informal Resolution Process. The University may also initiate an Investigation in the absence of a Formal Complaint by a Complainant.

To file a Formal Complaint, a Complainant must complete the Complaint Information Form online, in person, or via electronic mail. The Complaint must be dated by the Complainant and describe the alleged incident(s) with the relevant date(s), name(s) of the Respondent(s) and name(s) of witness(es). The Contact Person can provide assistance in completing the Complaint Information Form.

Formal Complaints or University-Initiated Investigations in which a student or recognized student organization is named as a Respondent will be adjudicated by the Dean of Students for each campus in accordance with Sections VI and VII of these Procedures.

Formal Complaints or University-Initiated Investigations against employees, including faculty and staff, will be adjudicated by the appropriate Chancellor (or designee) or the Director pursuant to Sections VI and VII of these Procedures.

A. Notification of Formal Complaint and Response

Within 10 days of receipt of a Formal Complaint, the Chancellor, Dean of Students or Director will assign a University Investigator to investigate the Formal Complaint. Persons eligible to serve as University Investigators shall be designated by the Vice President for Ethics and Compliance. The University Investigator must have sufficient training and/or experience to conduct a thorough and impartial investigation.

The Chancellor, Dean of Students or Director will provide prompt notification, including a copy of the Formal Complaint or notice of allegations, to the Respondent(s), to the department head or supervisor and to the appropriate Vice President, Dean or head of other major unit. The Formal Complaint or notice of allegations will be delivered through certified or express mail, electronic mail or hand delivery. In the event the Respondent is a student or recognized student organization, the Dean of Students is the appropriate Dean. The notification to the Respondent(s) will include a copy of the Formal Complaint, or, in University-Initiated Investigations, a statement of allegations, and a copy of or link to any relevant University policy and these Procedures.

The Respondent(s) will be requested to respond in writing to the Formal Complaint within a reasonable time, not to exceed 10 days from the date of certified or express mailing, electronic mailing or hand delivery of the notification of the Formal Complaint. Any extension of time must be approved by the Chancellor, Dean of Students or Director. A copy of the Respondent(s)’ response will be provided to the Complainant.

B. University-Initiated Investigation

In a University-Initiated Investigation, a Respondent will be provided with written notice of the allegations forming the basis of the University-Initiated Investigation, and Section VI of these Procedures will govern such investigation to the greatest extent practicable.

A complainant who may have been subject to discrimination or harassment that forms the basis of a University-Initiated Investigation shall (1) be provided with written notice that the University has commenced a University-Initiated Investigation; (2) upon request, be afforded an opportunity to meet with the Chancellor, Dean of Students or Director and the panel in connection with the University-Initiated Investigation; (3) be provided with written notice of the determination of whether a violation of University policy occurred and any sanction or remedial measures imposed in connection with the violation; and (4) be afforded the right to appeal such determination, sanctions or remedial measures in accordance with Section XI.

C. Investigation of Formal Complaints

As soon as practicable following appointment, the University Investigator will interview the Complainant. Within three days following the completion of his or her interview with the Complainant, the University Investigator will notify the Chancellor, Dean of Students or Director in writing as to whether or not the allegations set forth in the Complaint, if substantiated, would constitute a violation of University policy. If the University Investigator’s notification indicates that such allegations, if substantiated, would not constitute a violation of University policy, the Chancellor, Dean of Students or Director may dismiss the Complaint, and that decision shall be final. The Chancellor, Dean of Students or Director shall provide the Complainant and Respondent(s) with written notice of such dismissal.

In the event that the University Investigator’s notification indicates that the allegations set forth in the Complaint, if substantiated, would constitute a violation of University policy, or if the Chancellor, Dean of Students or Director determines that the matter should be investigated, the University Investigator will conduct a thorough fact-finding investigation and will meet separately with both the Complainant and the Respondent(s), interview pertinent witnesses and review relevant documents regarding the Formal Complaint. The University Investigator may consider all relevant information, including evidence of pattern or prior misconduct by the Respondent, credibility of the parties and witnesses, and in very limited circumstances, the prior sexual history of the Complainant with the Respondent. Both parties will be provided the opportunity to provide information and names of witnesses to the University Investigator.

The investigation shall be completed within 30 days following the assignment of the Formal Complaint to the University Investigator, unless an extension of time is approved by the Chancellor, Dean of Students or Director.

Within seven days following the conclusion of the investigation, the University Investigator will prepare and deliver a report to the Chancellor, Dean of Students or Director. The report will include a finding based upon a preponderance of the evidence that (1) the allegations cannot be substantiated, (2) some or all of the allegations are substantiated or (3) the Formal Complaint was knowingly false or malicious. No violation of University policy will be presumed unless a preponderance of the evidence standard supports the finding of a violation. This preponderance of the evidence standard requires that the facts and information supporting each finding are more convincing than the facts and information offered in opposition to such finding. The report will include the basis upon which the University Investigator reached his or her conclusions. The report will also include the University Investigator’s determination of whether a violation of any University policy has occurred and a recommendation of the sanctions to be imposed, if any.

D. Determination

Within 15 days of receipt of the University Investigator’s report, the Chancellor, Dean of Students or Director will convene a meeting with and seek advice from a three-member panel selected by the Chancellor, Dean of Students or Director from the Advisory Committee on Equity consisting of at least one participant who is a member of the faculty and one participant who is not a member of the faculty. At least two members of the panel shall be representatives of the campus from which the Formal Complaint originated. Prior to the meeting, members of the panel shall be furnished with a copy of the University Investigator’s report and copies of any Complaint or response of the parties. At the meeting, the panel will be afforded the opportunity to ask questions of the University Investigator. Upon request, the Complainant and the Respondent will be afforded an opportunity to meet with the Chancellor, Dean of Students or Director and the panel.

Within 10 days following the meeting with the panel from the Advisory Committee on Equity, the Chancellor, Dean of Students or Director shall make a written determination whether a violation of University policy has occurred.

In the event the charge of discrimination and/or harassment is not substantiated following the written determination of the Chancellor, Dean of Students or Director, reasonable efforts may be taken to restore the Respondent(s) to their prior status.

VIII. SANCTIONS AND REMEDIAL MEASURES

At the West Lafayette campus, sanctions will be determined by the appropriate Vice President or Dean and the Director. In the event of a disagreement between the Director and the designated Vice President or Dean, the Director will refer the disagreement to the Provost for resolution. In the case of a student or recognized student organization, sanctions will be determined and imposed by the Dean of Students.

At the Calumet, Fort Wayne and North Central campuses, sanctions will be determined and imposed by the Chancellor (or designee), except that sanctions for students and recognized student organizations will be determined and imposed by the Dean of Students.

The Chancellor, Dean of Students or Director will send the Complainant and the Respondent the written determination and final outcome of the matter, including sanctions, if any, by certified or express mail, electronic mail or hand delivery. The determination will include the rationale, a description of the parties’ appeal rights, and any changes in the outcome before it becomes final. The appropriate Vice President, Vice Chancellor, Vice Provost or Dean is responsible for imposing the sanction.

Sanctions will be decided on a case-by-case basis and will be in accordance with University policy. Possible sanctions for employees include, but are not limited to, the following: a letter of reprimand, suspension or leave of absence without pay, reassignment of teaching or other responsibilities, removal of graduate faculty certification, denial of a merit pay increase, demotion, probation or termination. Sanctions for students are listed in Regulations Governing Student Conduct and may include without limitation verbal or written warnings, restrictions, probation, probated suspension, suspension or expulsion.

Except as provided herein, sanctions imposed pursuant to these Procedures may not be appealed or made the subject of a grievance under any other University policy.

If the accused is a faculty member and the sanction has been to recommend termination of employment, the procedures for termination of a faculty member (as outlined in Executive Memorandum No. B-48 or its successor) will be followed; provided, however, that the report of the University Investigator and the written determination of the Chancellor or Director shall be accepted into evidence at the faculty member’s termination hearing without the necessity of the Complainant testifying as a witness.

Remedial measures for students, faculty and staff will be decided on a case-by-case basis. Such measures may include providing an escort to ensure safe movement on campus; ensuring that the Complainant and Respondent do not share classes or extracurricular activities; reassignment of residence halls; tutoring or other academic support; arranging for extra time to complete or re-take a class or withdraw from a class without academic or financial penalty; job reassignment; targeted training for a group of students, faculty or staff; and other remedies that can be tailored to the needs of the parties.

IX. ENHANCEMENT OF SANCTIONS

If a University employee, student or recognized student organization engages in conduct that constitutes discrimination or harassment motivated by bias based on a person's race, gender, religion, color, age, national origin, ancestry or disability, the sanctions for such conduct are subject to enhancement in accordance with these Procedures.

Sanctions for conduct that constitutes Sexual Violence as defined by the Anti-Harassment policy (III.C.1) are subject to enhancement in accordance with these Procedures when such conduct is accompanied by the administration of rape drugs, including but not limited to Rohypnol, Ketomine, GHB and Burundanga.

X. RETALIATION PROHIBITED

Retaliation against any person for reporting or complaining of discrimination and/or harassment, assisting or participating in the investigation of a complaint of discrimination and/or harassment, or enforcing University policies with respect to discrimination and/or harassment is strictly prohibited. Overt or covert acts of reprisal, interference, restraint, penalty, discrimination, intimidation or harassment against an individual or group for exercising rights or performing duties under these Procedures will be subject to appropriate and prompt disciplinary or remedial action.

XI. APPEAL

The Complainant and the Respondent each have the right to appeal the decision of the Chancellor, Dean of Students or Director and imposition of any sanction to the Vice President for Ethics and Compliance. The appeal must be in writing and filed in person, via courier, or via postal or electronic mail within 10 days of the issuance of notification of the decision with all supporting materials attached. Decisions not appealed within such time are deemed final.

The appeal shall consist of a concise and complete written statement outlining the grounds for appeal and all relevant information to substantiate the basis for the appeal. Appeals are not intended to open a new investigation of the Complaint. In most cases, appeals are confined to a review of the written documentation and pertinent documentation regarding the grounds for appeal. The appeal will be conducted in an impartial manner.

The Vice President for Ethics and Compliance will issue a decision on the appeal to all parties involved. Normally this decision will be made within 10 days from the date the appeal was received. The written decision of the Vice President for Ethics and Compliance on the appeal shall constitute the University’s final action.

XII. FILING WITH EXTERNAL AGENCIES

Any person may file a complaint with the Indiana Civil Rights Commission, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights. Information regarding filing charges with any of these agencies may be obtained from the Office of Institutional Equity on the West Lafayette campus.

XIII. RELATED DOCUMENTS, FORMS AND TOOLS

Equal Opportunity, Equal Access and Affirmative Action Policy (III.C.2):
www.purdue.edu/policies/ethics/iiic2.html

Anti-Harassment Policy (III.C.1)
www.purdue.edu/policies/ethics/iiic1.html

Standards for Addressing Title IX Matters