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In cases where the respondent is a student:
- The campus Title IX office or its designee completes an initial findings report.
Upon completion of a prohibited conduct investigation, the campus Title IX office or its designee will make an initial finding as to whether this policy was violated. The campus Title IX office or its designee will prepare an initial findings report that summarizes the reported conduct, the information gathered during the investigation, and the initial finding.
- Parties receive the initial findings report and any proposed informal resolution.
The complainant and respondent will be given access to the initial findings report and, when applicable, to a written proposed informal resolution to the prohibited conduct report. If both parties agree to the informal resolution, the University’s process ends.
- Either party can request a hearing before a panel.
Both parties will receive written information about how to request a hearing. A party who disagrees with the initial finding or proposed informal resolution may request a formal hearing before a panel, as described further at the campus-specific links below.
During the hearing process, the complainant will not be required to appear in the same room with the respondent. Advisors will be allowed to be present throughout the hearing. The parties will be given an equal opportunity to present evidence.
- Parties receive the hearing panel’s decision.
Both parties will receive written notice of the hearing panel’s decision on responsibility and, if the respondent is found responsible, the sanctions that will be imposed.
- Either party can request an appeal.
Both parties will receive written notice of their right to appeal the hearing panel’s decision to an impartial appellate officer.
- Parties receive the appellate officer’s decision.
In the case of an appeal, both parties will receive the appellate officer’s written decision. The appellate officer will strive to render a decision within 30 calendar days of the notice of appeal and will provide the decision to both parties.
Additional information about hearing and appeals procedures may be found on the Conduct Process page.
The information on this page is a subsection of the University of Minnesota's Administrative Policy for Sexual Harassment, Sexual Assault, Stalking and Relationship Violence. It has been selected for this webpage based on it's relevance to students in the student conduct process. To view this policy in its entirety, please visit the policy library.