Point Park University resolves instances of sexual misconduct that occur within its student body with extreme diligence. The University's Sexual Misconduct Policy outlines all prohibited conduct and also sets forth the University's process for disciplinary measures when a student is alleged to have committed a Title IX offense. This process is separate from the way the University handles instances of other types of misconduct and is treated with a greater degree of severity.
Point Park University Sexual Misconduct Process
When a student files a complaint to the University for an incident of sexual misconduct, it will be assessed by the Title IX coordinator to determine if a Title IX investigation is to be made. Once a complaint is up for investigation, the student who initiated the complaint will be known as the "complainant," while the student facing the accusations will be known as the "respondent." The investigation itself will consist of a series of separate interviews with the complainant, the respondent, and any relevant witnesses. Both complainant and respondent will be able to present their own additional, supporting evidence and witnesses for the investigator to review. At times, the initial complaint may not necessitate a formal investigation, however, a resolution is still sought. These cases will follow an informal resolution process at the approval of the complainant. The University will meet with the respondent, and offer them a chance to accept responsibility; if the respondent accepts, the process will end here and appropriate sanctions will be assigned. The informal process will not be used for more serious offenses.
Formal resolutions are used for more serious allegations, or when the respondent does not agree to accept responsibility through an informal process. After the investigation phase has concluded, the investigator will provide the Title IX Coordinator with a "Findings of Fact Report" and the investigator's determination of whether or not a violation has occurred. The Title IX Coordinator will make a review of the report and finalize the determination using the standard of "a preponderance of the evidence."
Throughout the investigative process and during any meetings with the Title IX Coordinator, students are entitled to the presence of an advisor. Due to the very serious nature of sexual misconduct allegations, the University will treat every instance with severity. The consequences of sexual misconduct allegations can have long-term effects on a student's professional and academic career goals. For this reason, students should select an attorney to serve as their advisor. An attorney can ensure that a student's rights are protected throughout the Title IX investigation and hearing process. In addition, an attorney's specialized knowledge can be very helpful to students when suggesting evidence and witnesses during the investigation. Also, should the need arise, an attorney will be able to assist students through any adverse consequences that arise from the initial reporting of the alleged offense at Point Park University.
Appeals at Point Park University
In the event of an unfavorable outcome, students may make an appeal. Appeals must be submitted within ten (10) business days of the date on the letter of the outcome. The grounds for appeal are new information or a claim of disproportionate sanctions.