Mercyhurst University Title IX Violations

Mercyhurst University handles all instances of alleged sexual misconduct with utmost seriousness. The University utilizes its Title IX Policies And Procedures to resolve all reported incidents. The process for resolving these incidents is separate and distinct from the one used for incidents of standard misconduct and is administered with greater seriousness.

Mercyhurst University Title IX Procedures

The process for resolving complaints of sexual misconduct will begin once a report is received by the Title IX Coordinator. Once the complaint is reviewed, the Title IX Coordinator will assign an investigator to handle the case. Throughout the investigation and resolution processes, the student that files the complaint will be known as the "complainant," while the student facing allegations will be known as "respondent." If the University finds it appropriate, at any time during the investigation the respondent may be met with interim measures to prevent interference with the investigation or to ensure the safety of the complainant. This can include changes in classes, residence, or even a temporary suspension while the investigation proceeds. Once the investigation phase is complete, a report will be forwarded to the Title IX Coordinator that summarizes the investigation. The Title IX Coordinator will use this report to determine an appropriate course of action.

Hearing Process

If the Title IX Coordinator decides that the matter will be directed to a hearing, it will take place in front of a lone Administrator, or in front of a Hearing Panel. Complainants may make the request to ele