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Information for Student Complainants

We are Neutral. The Investigator does not take sides. We are committed to providing a prompt, thorough, and fair review, and our investigations are focused on the available information. We also help Complaining Parties and Respondents by providing information about support and advocacy services.

Support Person. You may bring a support person with you to any meetings with the Investigator. The Advocacy and Support Center in the Office of the Dean of Students has professional staff members available to serve in this role upon request. This service may be obtained by contacting Kasey Richardson, Student Support Advocate, at (765) 494-1747 or richa259@purdue.edu. The Student Support Advocate can also help identify additional resources for support as well as work with you during the investigation process and thereafter as needed.

Remedial Measures. The Advocacy and Support Center has professionally trained staff who can help identify and implement interim remedial measures, which would include academic adjustments (e.g., absence notifications), housing or work reassignments and emergency housing assistance; support during the law enforcement process; assistance in obtaining no-contact directives through the University or protective orders through the local court system.

Confidentiality and Privacy. Complaining Parties frequently want to know if the Respondent will be told they raised concerns. In a University investigation, Respondents are provided enough information about the allegations to allow them a fair opportunity to respond. The level of detail necessary to do that may vary depending up on the circumstances surrounding the incident. The privacy of both parties will be respected and safeguarded at all times. Information shared during an investigation is limited to those University employees who “need to know” in order to carry out their responsibilities to review, investigate and/or resolve these matters.

Interviewing the Parties. Typically, the Investigator’s first step will be to meet with you in order to fully understand the allegations. You are strongly encouraged to share all information, including documentation and names of witness, if any, with the Investigator. After the Investigator understands the nature and scope of the allegations, the Respondent is asked about the allegations and given a full and fair opportunity to respond. Respondents are also strongly encouraged to share all information, including documentation and names of witnesses, if any with the Investigator. The parties are not present during each other’s interviews.

Gathering Other Information. The Investigator interviews witnesses and reviews all documentation deemed relevant to the situation. The Investigator may also contact the parties with additional questions or to request additional information.

Investigator’s Report. The Investigator will consider all information gathered during an investigation and prepare a report, which will be shared with the Dean of Students. The report is not shared with the parties or witnesses. The Investigator makes findings and recommendations as to whether a violation of the Anti-Harassment Policy occurred and, if so, recommends sanctions.

Advisory Committee on Equity Meeting. The Dean of Students will chair a meeting of a three-person panel of the Advisory Committee on Equity. Only faculty and staff serve on this panel. Each party will be given the opportunity to attend the panel meeting, though they are not required to do so. The purpose of the panel meeting is to give the decision-maker, the Dean of Students, and the panel members the opportunity to meet with the parties and Investigator after having reviewed the Investigator’s report. The parties are not present during each other’s meeting with the Dean of Students and panel.

Decision. The panel members make recommendations to the Dean of Students, but the determination is ultimately left to the discretion of the Dean of Students. If the Dean of Students determines that harassment has occurred, s/he will also impose sanctions. The Dean of Students will issue his or her decision and, if applicable, any sanctions within ten (10) calendar days from the date of the panel meeting.

Retaliation. The University prohibits retaliation. All parties and witnesses are protected from any form of retaliation for participating in the investigation or filing a complaint. Should you believe that you have been retaliated against, you should contact the Student Support Advocate or Investigator as soon as possible so that the University can address such conduct.

Resources for Support. The University offers a variety of support services to students, a short list of which is included below. The Student Support Advocate can provide additional information about the below or other resources.

  • Counseling and Psychological Services                (765) 494-6995
  • The Advocacy and Support Center                      (765) 494-1747
  • Lafayette Crisis Center                                    (765) 742-0244
  • Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities         (765) 494-1250
  • Purdue Crisis Line                                           (765) 495-HELP (4357)
  • National Crisis Line                                         (800) 273-TALK (8255)

More Information. If you have any other questions about the investigation or investigation process, please do not hesitate to contact the Investigator at (765) 494-1250 or (765) 494-7255.

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