Drew University exercises extreme diligence in taking action against instances of sexual misconduct within its student body. The University outlines what is considered sexual misconduct, as well as the processes it will use to enact disciplinary measures against students in its Sexual Misconduct Policy. These processes are separate from those used for instances of standard misconduct, and will be treated with greater scrutiny.
Drew University Sexual Misconduct Policy
Drew University begins its process for disciplining acts of sexual misconduct once complaints are filed with University Officials. Throughout the process, the student who files the complaint will be known as "complainant," while the student facing the allegations will be known as "respondent." The Title IX Coordinator will conduct a preliminary inquiry into the matters to determine whether action under this policy is necessary. The next step in the process is a "fact finding" investigation that involves separate interviews with all parties involved, along with any suggested witnesses. Once this is done, the University will determine whether or not a mediation process may be used for the offense. Mediation will not be used in cases of sexual assault, nor will it be used when it is not mutually-agreed upon by the complainant and respondent. If mediation is not agreed upon, the University will hold an Administrative Meeting to make a determination on the case.
Administrative meetings will be held and decided upon by a conduct officer chosen to handle these types of cases. The results of the investigation will be compiled in a "summary report" which the student will have the opportunity to review prior to the meeting. The conduct officer will meet with both parties separately. Each party can provide their own separate account of what transpired, and to present their own relevant information to the conduct officer. After meeting with both parties and hearing all relevant information from both sides, the conduct officer will make a finding on the respondent's responsibility for the violations. Findings will be made using the standard of "a preponderance of evidence."
Throughout the investigation and meeting processes, students are permitted to be accompanied by an advisor of their own choosing. Sexual misconduct allegations are very serious in nature. Many consequences of these allegations can have long-lasting impacts on a student's academic and professional careers. For this reason, students should select an attorney to serve as their advisor throughout the Title IX investigation and disciplinary process. An attorney will be able to ensure that a student's rights remain protected throughout the investigation, and can also help students select witnesses and evidence to support their case. In addition to this, should any adverse consequences arise from the reporting of the allegations at Drew University, an attorney can serve as a student's legal guide.
Appeals At Drew University
In the event of an unfavorable outcome, students may make an appeal. Appeals are to be submitted within five (5) business days of the outcome. The grounds for making an appeal must be either new information, or procedural error.