As outlined by the Office of Civil Rights under Title IX, students have the following rights during the course of a Title IX investigation.
- To be entitled to a fair and impartial investigation of a complaint
- To be informed of their right to file civil or criminal complaints, aside from their institution’s process
- To be protected from further discrimination, both through interim measures during an investigation as well as through long-term remedies to correct any hostile campus environment
- To have their privacy honored as much as possible during the course of an investigation
- To be able to bring forth any witnesses who can attest to the discrimination that occurred and/or serve as character witnesses
- To be notified along the way of any updates or delays regarding the investigation of their complaint
- To have his or her complaint investigation conducted within prompt and reasonable time frames
- To be protected from retaliation
- To be notified of the outcome of an investigation and any pertinent sanctions
- To pursue an informal process of resolution, such as mediation – but only in cases of sexual harassment. It is not appropriate to conduct a mediation in cases of sexual assault. At any time, the complainant has the right to pursue a formal process at any time.
In addition, Walsh University affords both the complainant and the respondent the right to appeal based on due process issues including but not limited to where a sanction is substantially disproportionate to the findings; or where previously unavailable relevant evidence could significantly impact the outcome of the case.