Even RIT Offices and employees who cannot guarantee confidentiality will maintain your privacy to the greatest extent possible. The information you provide to a non-confidential resource will be relayed only as necessary for the Title IX Coordinator to investigate and/or seek resolution. If an individual discloses information during a public awareness event, a protest, during a class project, or advocacy event RIT is not obligated to investigate based on the public disclosure. RIT may however use the information provided in an effort to further educate about prevention efforts.
Reporting options are available to the RIT community 24/7 either in person or online. In person reports can be made 24/7 to Public Safety, or to the Title IX Office during business hours. In addition, reports can be made online on the Title IX webpage, or anonymously through the RIT Ethics and Compliance Hotline. For a complete list of reporting options check out the following link: Reporting Options.
Once a report is made to the university, each report is assessed by the Director of Title IX and Clery Compliance, and often in collaboration with a case management assessment team when appropriate. Interim and accommodative measures are put in place after a risk assessment is conducted. In addition, Public Safety routinely conducts threat assessments as part of their standard operating procedure for all incidents reported to them either directly or through the Title IX Office.
If an investigation is to begin, parties are promptly notified of allegations by the investigating party, RIT Public Safety or the RIT Title IX Investigator. Prior to the start of the investigation, a Notice of Investigation (NOI) is sent to both parties.* The NOI letter has information about resources and next steps. Potential policy violations are identified in this letter along with any interim measures that have been put in place. * Non-members may not have access to documentation.
Public Safety investigates incidents involving student respondents. The Title IX Investigator investigates incidents involving employee respondents. All Title IX investigations are documented. Interviews and statements are compiled into an Investigation Report. All relevant evidence gathered is included and may include:
Student Cases: Student cases may result in conduct conversations or conduct hearings. Hearing Officers are assigned to make determinations for cases that result in a hearing. Hearing Officers decide if the respondent is found responsible or not for violating RIT policy(s). If the respondent is found responsible the Hearing Officer sets conditions and statuses (sanctions) for the responsible party.
Employee Cases: The Title IX Office completes and forwards the investigation to Human Resources. Human Resources reviews the case and makes determinations if the respondent is found responsible, or not, for violating RIT Policy(s). If the policy is violated, Human Resources makes recommendations to senior leadership as to the corrective action for the responsible party.
Student Cases: Both parties have the right to appeal the final outcome of a Title IX Case. If an appeal is made the Associate VP for Student Affairs schedules the appeal. An appeal board (University Appeal Board) is convened for hear the appeal. The University Appeal Board (UAB) is comprised of one faculty member, one staff member, and one student member for each appeal. The outcome of an appeal is final.
Employee Cases: Both parties have the right to appeal the final outcome of a Title IX Case. Appeals are made to the VP and Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion. Should there be a conflict with the VP and Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion an appeal committee will be convened. The outcome of an appeal is final.
Regardless whether an incident requires medical attention, you may want to seek emotional support. If you need immediate emotional support, the following resources offer 24-hour, confidential assistance:
Confidential resources will not report crimes to law enforcement or other university officials without your permission except under extreme circumstances, such as a health or safety emergency. There will be no formal report, investigation, or disciplinary action taken as a result of a confidential report.
The following resources are non-confidential resources available to individuals impacted by a Title IX incident. Non-confidential resources share information with certain individuals only to the extent necessary to resolve an incident or assist an impacted individual.