Complaints can be reported to Title IX Coordinator Susan Hamilton by email or by phone at (973) 972-9794.
To see the full list of Title IX contact information, please visit our Contact page.
After a Report is Made
Following receipt of notice of a potential violation of this Policy, the Title IX Coordinator will immediately gather as much information as possible to determine the appropriate means for addressing the report. Options for addressing reports include, but are not limited to: (1) investigating the report, (2) attempting to resolve the report through an informal process, or (3) determining that the facts of the report, even if true, would not constitute a violation of this Policy.
If a report proceeds to an informal resolution or an investigation, or if the Complainant requests interim remedial measures that might affect the Respondent (such as a “no contact” order, moving the Respondent’s University housing or changing an academic schedule), the Title IX Coordinator will provide the Respondent with written notice that a report has been filed. The notice will include a description of the allegations and the Respondent’s rights and options under this Policy.
In all cases, the University will take appropriate steps designed to mitigate the effects of the alleged prohibited conduct, prevent its recurrence, and make accommodations for the students involved. Such interim measures may include, but are not limited to:
- Moving a student’s campus residence;
- Adjusting a student’s work schedule for University employment;
- Changing a student’s academic schedule;
- Changing a student’s transportation arrangements;
- Allowing a student to withdraw from or retake a class without penalty;
- Providing access to tutoring or other academic support; and/or
- Issuing a “no contact” order.
Informal resolution 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.
For all reports that proceed to investigation, the Title IX Coordinator will designate a specially trained investigator (or team of investigators) to interview and gather relevant evidence from the Complainant, Respondent and any witnesses. The investigator will also work with the Rutgers University Police Department and other campus offices to gather pertinent documentary materials (if any) and other relevant information.
The investigator will take handwritten or typed notes of all interviews and based on those notes will prepare written statements for each interviewee. The Complainant, Respondent and witnesses will have the opportunity to review their own statement and provide the investigator with corrections or revisions prior to the conclusion of the investigation.
The Title IX Coordinator will review the investigation report and determine whether the information gathered supports charging the Respondent with having violated this Policy by engaging in prohibited conduct. The Title IX Coordinator or their designee will meet separately with both parties to review the investigation report and Title IX Coordinator’s determination. The Respondent and Complainant will each receive one copy of the report.
If the Title IX Coordinator determines that the Respondent will be charged with violating this Policy, the Title IX Coordinator will forward the investigation report and notice of charges to the Student Affairs Officer responsible for student conduct.
The hearing is a closed proceeding, meaning that no one other than the Hearing Officer, the Complainant and Respondent, their respective advisors, witnesses (when called), and necessary University personnel may be present in the hearing room or rooms during the proceeding. The Title IX Coordinator will work with other University personnel so that any student whose presence is required may participate in the hearing.
In general, hearings will proceed as follows:
- Presentation of the investigation report by the investigator, followed by questions to the investigator by the Hearing Officer.
- Complainant statement, followed by questions to the Complainant by the Hearing Officer.
- Respondent statement, followed by questions to the Respondent by the Hearing Officer.
- Witness testimony and questioning by the Hearing Officer.
- Closing statement by Complainant.
- Closing statement by Respondent.
The Hearing Officer may set reasonable time limits for any part of the hearing. The Complainant and Respondent each will have the opportunity to present witnesses and other information consistent with the Policy. The Hearing Officer may determine the relevance of, place restrictions on, or exclude any witnesses or information.