Procedures for Resolving Complaints of Discrimination and Harassment

Revised August 15, 2016

A. 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) (the “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 anyone 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. 

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. There is no requirement that a Complainant first proceed with informal resolution before seeking formal resolution.  

The University has an obligation to respond to information of which it becomes aware, whether received directly or indirectly. That is, the University’s obligation may be triggered by a direct disclosure by those who have experienced potential discrimination or harassment or by gaining indirect knowledge of such information. For this reason, the University may initiate an investigation of circumstances that involve potential discrimination and/or harassment even where no complaint, formal or informal, has been filed. In those circumstances, 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.

B. SCOPE

These Procedures apply to all complaints of discrimination and/or harassment, whether the parties are students, recognized student organizations, employees, volunteers, 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, 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.

C. RESOURCES FOR RESOLVING COMPLAINTS OF DISCRIMINATION AND HARASSMENT

Inquiries and complaints about discrimination and/or harassment may be brought to the Campus Equity Office, Office of the Dean of Students 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.   

In addition, inquiries and complaints about Sexual Violence, Relationship Violence and Stalking may be brought to the Title IX Coordinator. Information regarding the Title IX Coordinator for each campus is available in the Anti-Harassment Policy.

D. 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, a Vice President or Vice Chancellor, and a Dean to advise the Chancellors, Director and Dean of Students pursuant to Section I of these Procedures

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

Campus Equity Office
The following University offices: (a) on the West Lafayette campus, the Office of Institutional Equity or the Office of the Dean of Students; (b) on the Purdue Northwest Calumet campus, the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion or the Office of the Dean of Students; (c) on the Fort Wayne campus, Human Resources and Institutional Equity or the Office of the Dean of Students; and (d) on the Purdue Northwest North Central campus, the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion or the Office of the Dean of Students.

Days
Calendar days.

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

Eligible Designee
An individual to whom the Chancellor, Director or Dean of Students delegates their authority under these Procedures. All Eligible Designees must receive appropriate annual training and be approved to serve in this role by the Vice President for Ethics and Compliance.

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

Formal Resolution Process
The process for resolving complaints of discrimination and/or harassment set forth in Section I 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 H of these Procedures.

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

Policies
The University’s policies on Anti-Harassment (III.C.1) and on Equal Opportunity, Equal Access and Affirmative Action (III.C.2).

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 Northwest, Purdue University West Lafayette, Purdue Cooperative Extension Service and Purdue Polytechnic Institute 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 Investigation, and Section I 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 I of these Procedures. Any individual designated to conduct an investigation must receive appropriate annual training and be approved to serve in this role by the Vice President for Ethics and Compliance. A University Investigator may be a University employee or an external professional.

E. GENERAL PROVISIONS

1. Delegation

The Chancellor, Dean of Students or Director may delegate his or her authority under the Procedures to an Eligible Designee.

2. Requests for Anonymity or No Action

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 their 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 the individual of the University’s response to their request.

The University will honor the Complainant’s request to the extent possible based on a careful balancing of the request 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 anonymity, the University’s ability to meaningfully investigate the incident and pursue disciplinary action against a Respondent may be limited. The University will take other appropriate steps to eliminate any such discrimination or harassment, prevent its recurrence and remedy its effects on the Complainant and the University community. Those steps may include offering appropriate remedial measures to the Complainant and/or providing targeted training and prevention programs. 

If the University is unable to honor the request for anonymity or that the University take no formal action in response to a report, 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 requests for the University to take no formal action 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 possesses 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.

3. Interim Measures

The University offers a wide range of resources for students and employees, whether as Complainants or Respondents, to provide support and guidance throughout the initiation, investigation and resolution of a report of discrimination or harassment. Upon receipt of a complaint, the University may take interim measures to address concerns regarding safety and well-being and facilitate the Complainant’s continued access to University employment or education programs and activities. These measures may be both remedial (designed to address a Complainant’s safety and well-being and continued access to educational opportunities) or protective (involving action against a Respondent). Remedial and protective measures, which may be temporary or permanent, may include no-contact directives, changes in class or work schedules, academic modifications and support, changes in University-owned living arrangements, interim suspension, University-imposed leave, suspension from employment, pre-disciplinary leave (with or without pay), or any other reasonably available measures that the University deems appropriate. Interim measures are available under both Informal and Formal Resolution Processes. Remedial measures are available regardless of whether a Complainant pursues a complaint or investigation under these Procedures. The ability to impose certain protective measures against a Respondent may require that the report be resolved through the Formal Resolution Process. The University will maintain the privacy of any remedial and protective measures provided to the extent practicable and will promptly address any violation of the protective measures.

4. 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 also may 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 speak for or stand in place of either the Complainant or the Respondent, act as legal counsel for a party in the Informal Resolution Process or the Formal Resolution Process, or otherwise participate in the Informal Resolution Process or the Formal Resolution Process.

The University has the discretion to impose reasonable conditions upon the participation of an advisor or support person. The advisor or support person may not be a party or witness involved in the investigation.

5. 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. 

Informal Complaints must be filed with a Campus Equity Office 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. 

Formal Complaints must be filed with a Campus Equity Office within the earlier of 10 days following the conclusion of the Informal Resolution Process or 120 days of the incident of discrimination or harassment. Where the discrimination or harassment is of an ongoing nature, a Formal Complaint must be filed within the earlier of 10 days following the conclusion of the Informal Resolution Process or 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, and the University will accept reports of discrimination or harassment at any time. 

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 good cause exists for the investigation and resolution to exceed this time frame, the University will notify all parties of the reason(s) for the delay and the expected adjustment in time frames. Good cause may exist if additional time is necessary to ensure the integrity and completeness of the investigation, to comply with a request by external law enforcement for temporary delay to gather evidence for a criminal investigation, to accommodate the availability of witnesses, to account for University breaks or vacations, to account for complexities of a case, including the number of witnesses and volume of information provided by the parties, or for other legitimate reasons. Best efforts will be made to complete the process in a timely manner by balancing principles of thoroughness, due process and 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.

6. 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 if there is no independent information upon which to proceed. 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. 

In the event that an impacted party chooses not to participate in an interview or declines to provide information requested by the University Investigator in connection with a University-Initiated Investigation, the Chancellor, Dean of Students or Director may dismiss the University-Initiated Investigation.

All University community members are expected to provide truthful information in any report or proceeding under these Procedures. 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.

7. Special Circumstances in the Event of Conflict of Interests

In the event that a complaint concerns the conduct of the Director or the Dean of Students (or the Director or Dean of Students has a conflict of interest), the Vice President for Ethics and Compliance shall designate an individual to be responsible for implementing the responsibilities of the Director or Dean of Students pursuant to these Procedures. In the event that a complaint concerns the conduct of the Vice President for Ethics and Compliance or a Chancellor (or the Vice President for Ethics and Compliance or a Chancellor has a conflict of interest), the President shall designate an individual to 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 (or the President has a conflict of interest), the Chairman of the Board of Trustees shall be responsible for implementing the responsibilities of the President pursuant to these Procedures. In the event that the President or other member of senior administration is a Respondent under these Procedures, the University may, in its sole discretion, modify these Procedures to provide for an investigation by an independent University Investigator to be selected by the Board of Trustees and for final decision making by the Board of Trustees or a subcommittee of the Board of Trustees.

8. 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 these Procedures 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 remedial 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.

F. REPORTING OPTIONS AND RESOURCES FOR TITLE IX MATTERS

The University is committed to treating all members of the community with dignity, care and respect. Any individual affected by Sexual Harassment, Sexual Violence, Sexual Exploitation, Stalking or Relationship Violence, whether as a Complainant, a Respondent or a third party, will have equal access to support consistent with their needs and available University resources.

A first step for any Complainant or third-party witness may be choosing how to proceed following an incident of Sexual Harassment, Sexual Violence, Sexual Exploitation, Stalking and/or Relationship Violence. The University recognizes that deciding whether to make a report and choosing how to proceed can be difficult decisions. The University encourages any individual who has questions or concerns to seek the support of campus and community resources. These professionals can provide information about available resources and procedural options and assistance to either party in the event that a report and/or resolution under the Policies or the Procedures are pursued. Individuals are encouraged to use all available resources, regardless of when or where the incident occurred.

1. Confidential Resources

Confidentiality means that information shared by an individual with designated campus or community professionals cannot be revealed to any other individual without express permission of the individual. Those campus and community professionals include medical providers, mental health providers, ordained clergy and rape crisis counselors, all of whom have privileged confidentiality that has been recognized by the law. These individuals are prohibited from breaking confidentiality unless there is an imminent threat of harm to self or others, or the conduct involves suspected abuse of a minor under the age of 18. A list of on-campus confidential resources is listed in Appendix A to these Procedures.

It is important to understand that other University employees involved in the University’s Title IX response do not have the same level of privileged confidentiality as the designated campus or community professionals described above. In fact, any other University employee who is not one of these confidential reporting resources may be required to share a report of Sexual Harassment, Sexual Violence, Sexual Exploitation, Stalking or Relationship Violence with the Title IX Coordinator.

2. Non-Confidential Campus Reporting Resources and Mandatory Reporters

The University is committed to providing a variety of welcoming and accessible means to encourage the reporting of all instances of Sexual Harassment, Sexual Violence, Sexual Exploitation, Stalking and Relationship Violence. All University community members are encouraged to report all incidents of discrimination, harassment or retaliation directly to the Title IX Coordinator or a member of the campus Title IX team.

In contrast to the designated campus or community professionals described above under “Confidential Resources,” who are obligated to refrain from revealing confidential information shared within the scope of their privilege, some University employees are required to report all incidents of discrimination, harassment or retaliation directly to the Title IX Coordinator or a member of the campus Title IX team (“mandatory reporters”). Mandatory reporters receive annual required training to ensure that they understand their obligations and the resources available to University community members who report such incidents. University employees who are mandatory reporters include faculty, supervisors, and other staff, administrators and student employees who have significant responsibility for the welfare of students. Student employees who are required to share reports with the Title IX Coordinator include Resident Assistants. Mandatory reporters are required to share with the Title IX Coordinator all information they receive or of which they become aware, including the identities of the parties, if known. A list of campus reporting options, by campus, to whom individuals are encouraged to report any incidents, is available in Appendix A.

3. Privacy

The privacy of the parties will be respected and safeguarded at all times. All University employees who are involved in the University’s Title IX response receive specific training and guidance about safeguarding private information. Privacy generally means that information related to a report of misconduct will only be shared with a limited circle of individuals. The use of this information is limited to those University employees who “need to know” in order to assist in the active review, investigation or resolution of the report. While not bound by confidentiality, these individuals will be discreet and respect the privacy of all individuals involved in the process.

4. Release of Information

If a report of misconduct discloses a serious and immediate threat to the campus community, the University will issue a timely notification to the community to protect the health or safety of the community. The University also may share non-identifying information about reports received in aggregate form, including data about outcomes and sanctions. At no time will the University release the name of the Complainant to the general public without the express consent of the Complainant or as otherwise permitted or required by law.

Pursuant to the Clery Act, anonymous statistical information must be shared with the campus police department where required by the Clery Act. Annual Clery Act reporting to the U.S. Department of Education is required by educational institutions for certain offenses that have been reported at campus locations. The information contained in the Clery report tracks the number of Clery reportable offenses occurring at campus locations and does not include the names or any other identifying information about the persons involved in the incident.

All University proceedings are conducted in compliance with the requirements of Title IX, the Clery Act, VAWA, FERPA, state and local law, and University policy. No information shall be released from proceedings under the Policies or the Procedures except as required or permitted by law and University policy. The University reserves the right to notify the parents/guardians of dependent students regarding any conduct situation, particularly probation, loss of housing, suspension and expulsion.

5. Reporting to Law Enforcement

In matters involving alleged criminal conduct, the Complainant may notify, or decline to notify, local law enforcement at any time. The University encourages Complainants to pursue criminal action for incidents of Sexual Harassment, Sexual Violence, Sexual Exploitation, Stalking and Relationship Violence that also may be crimes under state criminal statutes (see www.purdue.edu/sexual_assault/definitions/legal/index.html). The University will assist a Complainant, at the Complainant’s request, in contacting local law enforcement and will cooperate with law enforcement agencies if a Complainant decides to pursue the criminal process. A list of law enforcement resources for each campus is available in Appendix A.

6. Anonymous Reporting

Any individual may make an anonymous report concerning an act of Sexual Harassment, Sexual Violence, Sexual Exploitation, Stalking or Relationship Violence. A report can be made without disclosing one’s own name, identifying the Respondent or requesting any action. Depending on the level of information available about the incident or the individuals involved, anonymous reporting may impact the University’s ability to respond or take further action.


Anonymous reports can be made through the Whistleblower Hotline, an online reporting service that allows direct interaction with the Title IX Coordinator without providing identifying information. The Whistleblower Hotline can be accessed at: www.purdue.edu/hotline/ or by calling 1-866-818-2620.

As with all other reports, all anonymous reports will go to the Title IX Coordinator for review and appropriate response and action. Where there is sufficient information, the University will ensure that anonymous reports are reviewed and included for compliance with the Clery Act.

G. COUNSELING, ADVOCACY AND SUPPORT SERVICES

The University is committed to providing a number of support services to University community members who experience Sexual Harassment, Sexual Violence, Sexual Exploitation, Stalking or Relationship Violence incidents. Resources available to University community members include a variety of campus and community-based service providers and professionals.

Additionally, Purdue provides its students with professional staff who can assist students who have been subjected to Sexual Harassment, Sexual Violence, Sexual Exploitation, Stalking or Relationship Violence with academic and advocacy/support services. Professional staff within the Office of the Dean of Students is available to assist students with the imposition of interim remedial and protective measures set forth in Section E3, including the following:

  • Coordination of services.
  • Academic adjustments, including processing absence notifications.
  • Housing reassignments and assistance with emergency housing needs.
  • Support during the campus disciplinary process, including in-person attendance at all meetings and ongoing in-person support.
  • Support during the law enforcement process, including in-person attendance at meetings with law enforcement and/or the prosecutor’s office.
  • Assistance in obtaining no-contact directives within the University.
  • Assistance in obtaining a protective order through the local court system.

A list of counseling, advocacy and other support services for each campus is listed in Appendix A.

H. INFORMAL RESOLUTION PROCESS

1. Filing an Informal Complaint

To file an Informal Complaint, a Complainant must submit the Complaint Information Form online, in person or via electronic mail. The Complaint Information Form must be submitted to the Campus Equity Office 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 Campus Equity Office 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. The Campus Equity Office 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.

2. Processing of Informal Complaints

In consultation with the Chancellor, Director or Dean of Students, as the case may be, the Campus Equity Office may take appropriate steps to resolve the Informal Complaint. 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 their 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.

3. 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 Campus Equity Office will attempt to conclude the Informal Resolution Process within 30 days. Within 10 days following conclusion of the Informal Resolution Process, the Campus Equity Office 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.

I. FORMAL RESOLUTION PROCESS

1. Filing a Formal Complaint

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 also may 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 Campus Equity Office 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 I and J 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 I and J of these Procedures.

2. 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 Complainant, 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 the 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. In the event that an investigation is undertaken in accordance with Section I4 of these Procedures, a copy of the Respondent(s)’ response will be provided to the Complainant.

3. 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 I 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) receive a copy of any written response submitted by the Respondent(s); (3) 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; (4) be provided with written notice of the determination of whether a violation of one or both of the Policies occurred and any sanction or remedial measures imposed in connection with the violation; and (5) be afforded the right to appeal such determination, sanctions or remedial measures in accordance with Section L.

4. 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 conduct an initial assessment and notify the Chancellor, Dean of Students or Director in writing as to (1) whether or not the allegations set forth in the Formal Complaint, if substantiated, would constitute a violation of one or both of the Policies and (2) whether or not there is reasonable cause to believe that the Respondent(s) has violated one or both of the Policies. If the University Investigator’s notification indicates that such allegations, if substantiated, would not constitute a violation of one or both of the Policies or that there is not reasonable cause to believe that the Respondent(s) has violated one or both of the Policies, 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 initial assessment and notification indicates that the allegations set forth in the Complaint, if substantiated, would constitute a violation of University policy and that there is reasonable cause to believe that the Respondent(s) has violated one or both of the Policies, 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, any 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 for good cause is approved by the Chancellor, Dean of Students or Director.

Within seven days following the conclusion of the investigation, the University Investigator will prepare a preliminary report summarizing the information gathered and outlining the contested and uncontested information.  The preliminary investigation report will not include any findings. The Complainant and the Respondent will be provided access to review the preliminary investigation report and may submit comments and additional information to the University Investigator in writing. The University Investigator will designate a reasonable time for this review and response by the parties, not to exceed five days. In the absence of good cause, information discoverable through the exercise of due diligence that is not provided to the University Investigator during the designated review and response period will not be considered in the determination of responsibility for a violation of one or both of the Policies. 

As soon as practicable following consideration by the University Investigator of any information provided by the Complainant (or impacted party in the case of a University-Initiated Investigation) and/or Respondent, the University Investigator will submit a final investigation report to the Chancellor, Dean of Students or Director. The report will include findings based upon a preponderance of the evidence that (1) the allegations cannot be substantiated or some or all of the allegations are substantiated, (2) a statement as to whether the Formal Complaint was knowingly false or malicious, and (3) if material to the determination as to whether or not a violation of one or both of the Policies has occurred, an assessment of the credibility of the Complainant and the Respondent(s). 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 their conclusions. The report also will include the University Investigator’s determination of whether a violation of one or both of the Policies has occurred.

5. 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 to make a brief statement and to answer any questions that they may have.

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 one or both of the Policies 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.

J. SANCTIONS AND REMEDIES

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 Fort Wayne and Northwest 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.

K. 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.

L. APPEAL

The Complainant (or impacted party in the case of a University-Initiated Investigation) 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 Vice President for Ethics and Compliance may (1) uphold or reverse the finding, (2) decrease or increase the sanction(s), and/or (3) take other action as deemed appropriate by the Vice President for Ethics and Compliance. The written decision of the Vice President for Ethics and Compliance on the appeal shall constitute the University’s final action.

M. 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.

N. 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

Appendix A: Quick Reference Guide 

Calumet Campus

Confidential Resources

Health Services Center

Gyte Annex, Room 34

M-F, hours vary daily

219-989-2366

219-989-1235

Counseling Center

Gyte Building, Room 005

M-Th, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Fri., 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

219-989-2366

Non-Confidential Reporting Resources

Title IX Coordinator

Office of Equity &   Diversity

Lawshe Hall, Room 231

M-F, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

219-989-3169

219-989-2337

Police Department

6930 Wicker Ave.

Hammond, IN

24/7

219-989-2220

Office of the Dean of Students

SULB 313

M-F, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

219-989-4141

Housing

2440 173rd Street

Hammond, IN

M-F, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

219-989-4150

Medical Services (Confidential)

Health Services Center

Gyte Annex, Room 034

M-F, hours vary daily

219-989-2366

219-989-1235

Methodist Hospital

600 Grant St.

Gary, IN

24/7

219-886-4000

Advocate South Suburban Hospital

17800 S. Kedzie Ave.

Hazel Crest, IL

24/7

708-799-8000

St. Margaret Health — Hammond Emergency Dept.

5454 Hohman Ave.

Hammond, IN

24/7

219-933-2077

St. Margaret Health — Dyer Emergency Dept.

24 Joliet St.

Dyer, IN

24/7

219-864-2077

St. Anthony Health — Crown Point Emergency Dept.

1201 S. Main St.

Crown Point, IN

24/7

219-757-6310

St. Anthony Health — Michigan City Emergency Dept.

301 W. Homer St.

Michigan City, IN

24/7

219-877-1616

Chesterton Health & Emergency Center

770 Indian Boundary Rd.

Chesterton, IN

24/7

219-921-2012

Counseling Services (Confidential)

Counseling Center

Gyte Building, Room 005

M-Th, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Fri., 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

219-989-2366

Advocacy and Support Services

Office of the Dean of Students

SULB

M-F, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

219-989-4141

Community Resources

The Caring Place

Valparaiso, IN

24/7

219-464-2128

The Crisis Center, Inc.

Gary, IN

24/7

219-938-0900

800-519-0469

Law Enforcement Resources

Police Department

6930 Wicker Ave.

Hammond, IN

24/7

219-989-2220

Hammond Police Department

509 Douglas St.

Hammond, IN

24/7

219-853-6487

 

Fort Wayne Campus

Confidential Resources

IPFW Campus Clinic

Walb Student Union, Room 234

M-F, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

260-481-5748

IPFW/Parkview Student Assistance Program

Walb Student Union, Room 113

M-F, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

260-266-8060

800-721-8809

Non-Confidential Reporting Resources

Title IX Coordinator

Kettler Hall, Room 252

M-F, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

260-481-6107

Police Department

Support Services Building

24/7

260-481-6827

Office of the Dean of Students

Walb Student Union, Room 111

M-F, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

260-481-6601

Student Housing

410 Crescent Avenue

Fort Wayne, IN

M-F, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

260-481-4180

Medical Services (Confidential)

IPFW Campus Clinic

Walb Student Union, Room 234

M-F, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

260-481-5748

Parkview Hospital Randallia

2200 Randallia Dr.

Fort Wayne, IN

24/7

260-373-4000

Parkview Regional Medical Center

11109 Parkview Plaza Dr, Entrance 1, Fort Wayne, IN

24/7

260-266-1000

Counseling Services (Confidential)

IPFW/Parkview Student Assistance Program

Walb Student Union, Room 113

M-F, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

260-266-8060

800-721-8809

Advocacy and Support Services

Office of the Dean of Students

Walb Student Union, Room 111

M-F, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

260-481-6601

Community Resources

Sexual Assault Treatment Center

2270 Lake Ave., Suite 201

Fort Wayne, IN

24/7

260-423-2222

Fort Wayne Women’s Bureau Rape Crisis Hotline

2417 Fairfield

Fort Wayne, IN

24/7

260-426-7273

888-311-7273

YWCA Domestic Violence Crisis Line

1610 Spy Run

Fort Wayne, IN

24/7

260-447-7233

800-441-4073

Law Enforcement Resources

IPFW Police Department

Support Services Building

24/7

260-481-6827

Fort Wayne Police Department

1 E. Main Street

Fort Wayne, IN

24/7

260-427-1222

 

North Central Campus

Confidential Resources

Counseling Center

TBA

M-F, 9 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

219-989-2366

Non-Confidential Reporting   Resources

Title IX Coordinator

Schwarz Hall, Room 25C

M-F, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

219-785-5545

Police Department

Physical Facility/Campus Police Building, Room 101

24/7

219-785-5220

Office of the Dean of Students

Library-Student-Faculty

Building, Room 103

M-F, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

219-785-5368

Medical Services (Confidential)

Chesterton Health & Emergency Center

770 Indian Boundary Rd.

Chesterton, IN

24/7

219-921-2000

IU Health LaPorte Hospital

1007 Lincolnway

LaPorte, IN

24/7

219-326-1234

IU Health Starke Hospital

102 E. Culver Road

Knox, IN

24/7

574-772-6231

Porter Hospital

85 E. U.S. 6 Frontage Rd.

Valparaiso, IN

24/7

219-263-4600

Methodist Hospital

8701 Broadway

Merrillville, IN

24/7

219-738-5510

St. Anthony’s

301 W. Homer St.

Michigan City, IN

24/7

219-879-8511

Counseling Services (Confidential)

Counseling Center

TBA

M-F, 9 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

219-989-2366

Advocacy and Support Services

Office of the Dean of Students

Library-Student-Faculty Building, Room 103

M-F, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

219-785-5368

Community Resources

National Domestic Violence Hotline

N/A

24/7

800-799-SAFE (7233)

Crisis Hotline

LaPorte/Starke Counties

24/7

219-324-6263

Crisis Hotline

Lake County

24/7

219-938-0900

Victim’s Assistance Services

Porter County

M-F, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

219-465-3408

Stepping Stones for Women

Michigan City, IN

24/7 (Crisis Hotline)

219-879-4615

800-248-1151

The Caring Place

Valparaiso, IN

24/7 (Crisis Hotline)

219-464-2128

800-933-0466

Law Enforcement Resources

PNC Police Department

Physical Facility/Campus Police Building, Room 101

24/7

219-785-5220

LaPorte County Sheriff

LaPorte, IN

24/7

219-326-7700

Westville Police Department

Westville, IN

24/7

219-785-4177

 

West Lafayette Campus

Confidential Resources

Purdue Crisis Line

N/A

24/7

765-495-HELP (4357)

Student Health Center (PUSH)

601 Stadium Mall Dr.

West Lafayette, IN

M-F, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

765-494-1700

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

PUSH Room 246

PSYC Room 1120

M-F, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

765-494-6995

Center for Advocacy, Response, and Educaton (CARE)

Duhme Hall, Room 139

M-F, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

765-495-CARE (2247) 24/7                  

Non-Confidential Reporting Resources

Title IX Coordinator

Young Hall, Room 1053

M-F, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

765-494-7255

Police Department

Terry House

24/7

765-494-8221

Office of the Dean of Students

Schleman Hall, 2nd Floor

M-F, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

765-494-1747

University Residences

Smalley Center

M-F, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

765-494-1000

Medical Services (Confidential)

PUSH Women’s Clinic

PUSH

M-F, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

765-494-1700

PUSH Urgent Care

PUSH

M-F, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

S/Su, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

765-494-1724

St. Elizabeth Hospital-East

1701 S. Creasy Ln.,

Lafayette, IN

24/7

765-502-4000

IU Health Arnett Hospital

5165 McCarty Lane

Lafayette, IN

24/7

765-448-8000

Counseling Services (Confidential)

CAPS

PUSH

M-F, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

765-494-6995

Advocacy and Support Services

Office of the Dean of Students

Schleman Hall, 2nd Floor

M-F, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

765-494-1747

Community Resources

Mental Health America Crisis Center

1244 N. 15th Street

Lafayette, IN

24/7

765-742-0244

877-419-1632

YWCA Domestic Violence Intervention and Prevention Hotline

N/A

24/7

765-423-1118*

accepts collect calls

888-345-1118

Law Enforcement Resources

Police Department

205 S. Martin Jischke Dr.

West Lafayette, IN

24/7

765-494-8221

West Lafayette Police Dept.

711 W. Navajo St.

West Lafayette, IN

24/7

765-775-5200

Tippecanoe County Sheriff

2640 Duncan Road

Lafayette, IN

24/7

765-423-9388

Lafayette Police Dept.

20 N. 6th Street

Lafayette, IN

24/7

765-807-1200

 

 

Contact Information
Ernest C. Young Hall, 10th Floor
155 S. Grant Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2114
Phone: 765-494-5830
Fax: 765-494-1295
E-mail: vpec@purdue.edu 

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