- 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.
- There can be many steps in an investigation process. A visual provided here may help to understand it. The Office of Student Affairs Compliance & Title IX or an advisor from the Office for Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance can also explain the steps.
- Yes, you can choose to go through the legal system and the Title IX process at the same time. These processes are separate and different from each other and have different standards of evidence. A criminal court uses the standard “Beyond a Reasonable Doubt” whereas the conduct system at Rutgers University uses the standard “Preponderance of the Evidence” which means “more likely than not”. The outcomes of each process are also different from each other.
Do I need to report to the police to report to the University? Do I need to report to the University to report to the police?
- You always have the right to report to the police, to the University, to both, or to neither.
- There are limited times when the University will have to notify the police even if the Complainant does not want to make a report.
- The criminal process if different from the University process. This means there are different procedures, different standards of evidence, and different outcomes.
- As long as at least one of you is a Rutgers University student, you have options available through the institution.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their website.
- A FERPA Release Form can be found on the Office of Enterprise Risk Management, Ethics and Compliance’s website.
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
- Housing Relocation
- Class Change
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.
Office for Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance (VPVA)
3 Bartlett St. (College Ave Campus)
Rutgers Student Health
Located on the Livingston, College Ave, and Cook/Douglass Campuses
Robert Wood Johnson Hospital
1 Robert Wood Johnson Place
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
St. Peter’s Hospital
254 Easton Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Counseling and Crisis Intervention
Middlesex County Center for Empowerment
29 Oakwood Avenue
Edison, NJ 08837
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 Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance advocate can explain these steps to you. Additionally, the Office of Student Affairs Compliance & Title IX can also explain the investigation process.
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.
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.