Lincoln University explicitly forbids any acts of sexual misconduct within its student body, and disciplinary action will be taken as necessary per University protocol, Actions that constitute sexual misconduct are defined in the University's Sexual Misconduct Policy. The policy also outlines what procedures will be taken against acts of sexual misconduct by the University. These processes are separate from those used for instances of standard misconduct and are met with greater severity when a student is held responsible.
Lincoln University Sexual Misconduct Process
When a student files a report of sexual misconduct, the University will begin the process for resolving sexual misconduct incidents. The student who files the report will be known as the "complainant, "while the student who will face allegations will be known as the "respondent." One of the first steps taken after a report is filed is that the University will begin an investigation into the matters. Investigations will be overseen by the University Title IX Coordinator. Investigations typically consist of brief interview-oriented meetings with both parties and any witnesses suggested by either party. After the investigative phase has concluded, the University will begin the Title IX hearing process. During the investigation, certain protective measures may be taken to ensure the safety of the complainant, but these measures will often affect the respondent. This can include rescheduling of classes, reassignment of housing, no contact orders, or an interim suspension of the respondent.
Hearings will be held and decided upon by the University's Sexual Assault Board. The hearing itself will not have a set and strict agenda, and will instead proceed according to the direction of the board. Both parties will, in theory, be granted certain rights throughout the process. Both parties will have access to information prior to the hearing to prepare. Neither party is allowed to directly question the other, however, both parties will have the ability to question one another by way of suggesting questions to the board. The board may also engage in special measures for the safety and welfare of the complainant.
Students are entitled to an advisor of their own choosing throughout the hearing process. Sexual misconduct allegations can carry particularly serious consequences for students and may have long-lasting effects on their academic and professional careers. For these reasons, among others, students should select an attorney to accompany them throughout the process. An attorney will have specialized knowledge regarding evidence presentation and argument that can prove incredibly useful in a hearing setting. In addition, attorneys can protect a student's rights throughout the Title IX disciplinary process and can guide students through any adverse consequences that may accompany the allegations at Lincoln University.
Appeals at Lincoln University
Should the hearing result in an unfavorable outcome, students have fifteen (15) business days to file an appeal. Appeals must be on the grounds of a failure to follow rights, new evidence for consideration, or a claim of unreasonable sanctions.