The University of Scranton handles all incidents of sexual misconduct through its Office of Equity and Diversity. The Office of Equity and Diversity is headed by the University's Title IX Coordinator. The Title IX Coordinator is responsible for ensuring that the processes for investigating and resolving incidents of sexual misconduct are properly followed.
University of Scranton Investigation and Resolution Process
When a complaint of sexual misconduct is filed, the University will begin a Title IX inquiry. Throughout the investigation, the person who initiated the complaint will be known as the "complainant," while the person who is the subject of the complaint will be known as the "respondent." The inquiry will consist of an investigation into the matter. An investigator will be chosen by the Office of Equity and Diversity, and will conduct a series of interviews with the complainant, respondent, and witnesses that are relevant to the incident.
After the investigation phase has concluded, there are a number of potential resolutions that may arise from whatever findings were gathered by the investigative team. Primarily, the investigative team may present a resolution to the respondent themselves after enough evidence has been obtained. Their findings will be based upon the evidence and testimony obtained through the investigative process, and the resolution will be decided by the investigator. Alternatively, if recommended by the Title IX coordinator, a respondent and complainant can undergo the Voluntary Resolution process, which may involve mediation and an understanding between the two parties involved. Both complainant and respondent must agree to have the incident resolved in this manner. Matters may also be resolved through the formal resolution process, which is determined by a three member panel known as the "Determination Panel." The Determination Panel will review all information from the investigation and will make a decision based upon the standard of "a preponderance of the evidence."
Throughout the process, students are entitled to the presence of a "support person." Sexual misconduct allegations are punishable up to the level of expulsion from the University. The allegations themselves can have a severe and long-lasting impact on a student's academic and professional goals. Because of what is at stake, a student should select an attorney to serve as their support person. An attorney will be able to advise a student and ensure that their rights are protected throughout the meetings with investigators. In addition to this, an attorney will be able to assist students through any potential adverse consequences that may stem from the initial reporting at the University of Scranton.
University of Scranton Appeals
In the event of an unfavorable outcome, students are offered a chance to make an appeal of the decision. Appeals must be made within five (5) business days of the notification of the decision. In addition, the grounds for appeal are an error in the procedures, new information, or excessively severe sanctioning.