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After receiving a report, a preliminary review will be conducted by the Dean of Students, or designee, to understand the circumstances of the incident and to determine if the alleged behavior violates any policies detailed in the Code of Conduct. Reports that describe alleged behavior that does not violate any policy(s) may result in no action being taken. Likewise, lack of sufficient information in a report may result in no action being taken.
Before an investigation or hearing proceedings are initiated, the Dean of Students, or designee, may take preliminary action. These actions may include, but are not limited to:
- Initiate any necessary and appropriate interim actions on behalf of a student.
- Review the history of the students involved, the context of the incident(s) and the nature of the complaint, any potential patterns, and identify any witnesses.
a. If a member of the university community is reluctant to file a report, it will be determined whether the matter should still be pursued and whether there is sufficient information to warrant further investigation even without the participation of the person who reported the concern.
- Meet with any reporting parties or witnesses to determine whether there is sufficient information to warrant further investigation.
b. The students involved will be notified if the University intends to pursue the report, as well as the student’s rights in the process, including any options to become involved as the investigation continues.
If the Dean of Students, or designee, is unable to determine whether the report should be further pursued following the completion of the initial review, an Investigator, assigned by the Dean of Students, or designee, may conduct an investigation.