Questions You Might Have

What should I do if I receive a message from the Office of Student Affairs Compliance & Title IX that says an investigation is occuring?

  • Consider contacting resources available listed in the email and on this web page. CAPS and Student Legal Services are confidential resources for you which means they do not have to share information you discuss with the Office of Student Affairs Compliance & Title IX. The Dean of Students office is also available as a resource to you though not as a confidential resource.
  • Read the email you received from the Office of Student Affairs Compliance & Title IX in its entirety and follow any directions outlined. Be sure to respond to the Title IX investigator.
  • If you would like to have a Campus Advisor, you can find a list of trained advisors and their contact information on this web page.
  • If you would like interim supportive measures, contact the Office of Student Affairs Compliance & Title IX.

Who can I speak with for support at the University?

  • If you wish to speak to someone, you may contact the following resources for advice and/or support. Confidential resources will not share any information with the Office of Student Affairs Compliance & Title IX without your expressed permission. Non-Confidential Resources may have to share information with the Office of Student Affairs Compliance & title IX.

Who is a trained Campus Advisor and how can I contact them?

  • The Complainant and Respondent, respectively, may be accompanied to any meeting or hearing under the Student Policy by an advisor of their choice. An advisor may be a friend, family member, lawyer or other individual of the student’s choosing. The University has a list of trained advisors for Respondents. These professional staff members have received specific training on this Policy, processes, and student rights.
  • Advisors may support the student and provide advice about the investigation and disciplinary process. During meetings and hearings, the advisor may talk quietly with the student or pass notes in a non-disruptive manner. The advisor may not intervene in a meeting or hearing or address the investigator or Hearing Officer, including by questioning witnesses or making objections. Failure to comply with these mandates may result in the advisor being removed from, or prohibited from attending, any investigatory meetings and/or the hearing.

I want to learn more about the Student Policy Prohibits Sexual Harassment, Sexual Violence, Relationship Violence, Stalking, and Related Misconduct.

  • This Policy can be viewed here. If you have additional questions regarding the Policy, please contact the Office of Student Affairs Compliance & Title IX.

I want to know my Student Rights in the Title IX investigation process.

  • Both the Respondent and Complainant have the same rights in the Title IX processes. These rights are outline here.

What does a University Title IX ivestigation process involve?

How can I contact the Office of Student Affairs Compliance & Title IX?

The Office of Student Affairs Compliance & Title IX is located at:

115 College Avenue
Bishop House
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

The office can also be reached by calling (848) 932-8200 or emailing NBTitleIX@rutgers.edu.

Will the University share information about this report?

  • All student records are protected by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
  • FERPA is the federal law that governs the rights of students and institutional responsibilities with respect to student records. If you have any questions regarding any of the information contained herein, please contact the Office of Enterprise Risk Management, Ethics, and Compliance at 973-972-8000 or uec_contact@uec.rutgers.edu or visit their website.
  • A FERPA Release Form can be found on the Office of Enterprise Risk Management, Ethics and Compliance’s website.

What is an informal resolution?

The Title IX Coordinator may seek to resolve certain cases through an informal process involving both the Complainant and Respondent. (For example, a Complainant and Respondent may agree with the Title IX Coordinator that education and training for the Respondent are an appropriate and sufficient response in a particular case, or that a No Contact Order between the parties provides remediation for the Complainant.) However, the University will not use mediation to resolve cases involving allegation of sexual assault.

Informal resolutions can take place during the preliminary investigation, the formal investigation, or after its conclusion. If, based on the information known about the incident, the Title IX Coordinator believes such a resolution is possible, the Title IX Coordinator will contact the Complainant. If the Complainant agrees, the Title IX Coordinator will then contact the Respondent. If both Complainant and Respondent are satisfied with the proposed resolution and the Title IX Coordinator believes the resolution satisfies the University’s obligation to provide a safe and non-discriminatory environment for all students, the resolution will be implemented, the disciplinary process will be concluded, the matter will be closed and both parties will be provided with written notice of the resolution. If these efforts are unsuccessful, the investigation and/or disciplinary process will continue. Before starting these discussions, the Title IX Coordinator will notify the Complainant and Respondent in writing that each has the right to end the informal process at any time.

Some informal resolutions include:

  • No Contact Order
  • Mediation
  • Housing Relocation
  • Class Change

Who do I contact if I need an accomodation during an investigation and/or hearing process?

The Office of Disability Services can help with accommodations. To learn more about the office you can visit their website or contact the office at 848-445-6800 or dsoffice@echo.rutgers.edu.

Resources

If you wish to speak to someone confidentially, you may contact the following offices for advice and/or support. They will not share any information with the Office of Student Affairs Compliance & Title IX without your expressed permission.

You may also contact the Dean of Students Office for assistance, but please note that it is not a confidential resource and they may be obligated to report information about the incident(s) to the Office of Student Affairs Compliance & Title IX.

Counseling, ADAP, & Psychiatric Services (CAPs)

17 Senior St. (College Ave Campus)

848-932-7884

http://rhscaps.rutgers.edu/

Counseling, ADAP, & Psychiatric Services (CAPs)

61 Nichol St (Cook/Douglass Campus)

848-932-7884

http://rhscaps.rutgers.edu/

Office of Student Legal Services

Tillett Hall, Room 247 (Livingston Campus)

848-932-4529

sls@echo.rutgers.edu

Dean of Students

88 College Ave. (College Ave Campus)

848-932-2300

http://deanofstudents.rutgers.edu/

Campus Advisors

Role of Advisors

The Complainant and Respondent, respectively, may be accompanied to any meeting or hearing under the Student Policy by an advisor of their choice. An advisor may be a friend, family member, lawyer or other individual of the student’s choosing. The University has a list of trained advisors for Respondents. These professional staff members have received specific training on this Policy, processes, and student rights.

Advisors may support the student and provide advice about the investigation and disciplinary process. During meetings and hearings, the advisor may talk quietly with the student or pass notes in a non-disruptive manner. The advisor may not intervene in a meeting or hearing or address the investigator or Hearing Officer, including by questioning witnesses or making objections. Failure to comply with these mandates may result in the advisor being removed from, or prohibited from attending, any investigatory meetings and/or the hearing.

It is the responsibility of the student to make sure their advisor is present at meetings and hearings. Advisor availability shall not be sufficient grounds for postponing meetings or hearings.

Title IX Investigation Process Flowchart

Title IX Investigation Process

This flowchart is a visual representation of the Title IX investigation process. To read more about the details throughout, go to http://compliance.rutgers.edu/title-ix/reporting/how-to-report/

A campus advisor provided in the list above can explain these steps to you. Additionally, the Office of Student Affairs Compliance & Title IX can also explain the investigation process.

Hearing Flowchart

Title IX Hearing Flowchart

This flowchart provides insight to the steps of a Title IX hearing. The hearing officer will move the process through these steps.

A campus advisor provided in the list above can explain these steps to you. Additionally, the Office of Student Affairs Compliance & Title IX can also explain the investigation process.

Hearing Checklist

Title IX Hearing Checklist

It can be challenging to remember everything you need to do to prepare for a Title IX hearing. This checklist is available for you to use to help guide you through what is needed and when to complete everything.

Contact Us

115 College Avenue
Bishop House
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Phone: (848) 932-8200
Fax:(732) 932-4154

Email: NBTitleIX@rutgers.edu

compliance.rutgers.edu

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