Cheyney University takes instances of sexual misconduct within its student body particularly seriously. The University's Title IX Office oversees the process for resolving these incidents. The process for resolving these incidents is contained in the University's Code of Conduct. These procedures mirror those used for resolving instances of standard misconduct, however, the University may apply specific measures due to the nature of sexual misconduct cases.
Cheyney University Sexual Misconduct Process
The process will begin once the University's Office of Public Safety receives a sexual misconduct complaint. The University will initiate a brief investigation, and if necessary, initiate procedures for a hearing. Students who initiate the complaint will be known as the "charging party," while student who faces disciplinary action will be known as the "referred party." If the University believes it necessary, the referred party may be subjected to certain interim measures. These are commonly imposed if the student is believed to be a threat to the community as a whole, or if the actions subject them to immediate suspension due to their severity. Under normal circumstances, however, students are generally granted the right to continue to receive their education and attend classes as normal. Ultimately, students facing sexual misconduct charges will be subjected to the University's hearing processes.
Hearings will be held and decided upon by a University Disciplinary Committee, which is led by a chairperson. For cases involving sexual misconduct, special committee members will be chosen. At hearings, the chairperson will begin by reading a statement of the charges, and the student facing allegations will have an opportunity to enter a plea. The charging party will present their case first, along with evidence and witnesses. Following this, the referred party will have a chance to question the witnesses involved, and possibly the charging party, depending on what the committee allows. Next, the referred party will have an opportunity to present their case, including evidence and witnesses. The committee and the charging party will then have a chance to question the referred party and witnesses. Following this, both parties may make closing statements, and the committee will close the hearing to deliberate.
At hearings students are entitled to the presence of an advisor at any hearings. Sexual misconduct violations often carry very serious consequences that will follow a student for their entire career; both academic and professional. For this reason, students should enlist the help of an attorney to serve as their advisor in these matters. An attorney can educate a student on effective, courtroom-tested methods of evidence and argument. An attorney can also ensure that an accused student's procedural rights and interests are protected throughout the hearing. Lastly, if any additional consequences result from the initial reporting of the Title IX allegations at Cheyney University, an attorney can serve as a student's guide.
Appeals at Cheyney University
In the event of an unfavorable outcome, students may make an appeal. Appeals should be submitted within five (5) business days of the outcome of the hearing. The grounds for appeal are unfairness in the hearing process, new evidence, violations of University policies, or a disproportionate sanction.