Informal Resolution Process


The informal process is an opportunity to bring resolution to an informal complaint through awareness, education, and/or a facilitated discussion.  In order for an informal resolution process to be available to the parties, there must first be a Formal Complaint filed.  Then if either party requests, or if the Title IX Coordinator recommends, an informal resolution process, then the Title IX Coordinator, or the Title IX Coordinator’s designee, shall provide both parties, in writing, notice of all the allegations, explain that each party retains the ability to withdraw from the informal process and return to the formal process at any time prior to agreeing to a resolution, and explain any consequences from participating in the informal process including what records will be kept or shared.  To move forward to attempt an informal resolution, the parties must provide their written, informed, and voluntary consent. 

If these conditions are met and the parties wish to attempt information resolution, then the Title IX Coordinator will appoint a trained College official to facilitate the informal resolution. During an informal process, written statements are not taken from the Complainant or the Respondent, and no hearing is conducted.  As such, there will not be a finding of responsibility for a violation, nor will there be disciplinary sanctions levied against a Respondent; however, there could be requirements of certain behavior or the undertaking of certain acts that are required as a part of the informal resolution of the matter.

Step 1: Facilitate Resolution

This process utilizes the information gathered during the preliminary inquiry or investigation to facilitate an appropriate resolution to the informal complaint.  The following are examples of possible options, one or more of which may be used to bring resolution to an informal complaint.

Potential Informal Actions

  1. Distribute a copy of the Sexual Misconduct Policy as a reminder to the person, group, or area where behavior is being questioned;
  2. Educate all parties regarding the College’s Sexual Misconduct Policy;
  3. Advise the person(s) how to communicate the unwelcome nature of the behavior to the alleged harasser;
  4. Conduct a sexual misconduct educational workshop for the designated group or department;
  5. Meet with the Responding Party to raise awareness about alleged inappropriate behavior and provide notice about possible College consequences;
  6. Facilitate discussion among all the parties involved, if all parties are in agreement to do so;
  7. Institute alternative work/ living arrangements, class schedule, advisor/supervisor arrangements; or
  8. Limit contact or impose a no-contact order between the Reporting Party and Responding Party.

Step 2: Document Informal Resolution

At the conclusion of the informal process, a letter summarizing the outcome(s) of the process will be sent by the College official leading the process to the Complainant and Respondent and other appropriate College officials to bring closure to the matter (see Retention of Documents section in this Policy).

 If the matter is not resolved to the satisfaction of the parties utilizing the informal process, and/or the College determines the matter should be resolved through the formal process, the Complainant, the Respondent and/or the College may pursue the formal process.  In such an instance, the Complainant, the Respondent, and/or the College may pursue the formal process within 5 business days of the date on the informal outcome letter.