Augusta University is committed to fostering a community that supports complainants, victims, and respondents to ensure proper response to sexual misconduct allegations, prompt, fair and impartial investigations.
The Title IX Coordinator meets with the reporter, complainant, and the respondent to gather information, offer support services, options for reporting, review interim measures (as appropriate) and a determination is made whether a Title IX investigation will occur. A trained Title IX investigator will gather information, facts, relevant documents, conduct interviews, analyze and write a report to indicate whether or not there’s sufficient evidence for a sexual misconduct policy charge. Throughout the process, both the complainant and respondent have the same rights and responsibilities. Both parties have a right to review the information, the right to an advisor, the right to provide witnesses, documents and appeal procedures.
Through standards set forth in the Sexual Misconduct policy, Student Code of Conduct and the Anti-Harassment and Non-Discrimination policy and protocol; a fair, unbiased and fact-finding investigation will provide a report for subsequent decision making through to a Hearing process. A Hearing Officer or Hearing Panel will make a decision based upon the standard of evidence “more likely than not”. If the respondent is found responsible for a policy violation, based upon the evidence and facts, sanctions are outlined in a decision letter to both parties. As outlined in the Sexual Misconduct Policy, both parties may appeal a final decision.