Checklist for Protecting Minors on Campus: Sexual Misconduct Investigations and Discipline

November 2015 | 0 Comments  Average 5 out of 5

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The “Dear Colleague” letter (DCL) issued in April 2011 by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights states that institutions should complete most sexual assault investigations within 60 days of the initial report unless there are complicating factors (e.g., the legitimate unavailability of a key witness or multiple incidents).   This checklist focuses on recommended practices for investigating an allegation of sexual misconduct. Topics covered include:  

  • How to determine the need to investigate
  • Alerting others (e.g. Title IX coordinators, parents, etc.) to assault investigations
  • Developing a plan and gathering materials to investigate
  • Addressing potential troublesome areas
  • Investigative strategies and techniques
  • How to document the investigation properly
  • Discipline and dismissal of suspected employees, volunteers, contractors, or students  

Educational institutions can stop perpetrators and protect potential victims by ensuring a prompt and fair investigation of all sexual misconduct allegations that occur on campus or in connection with an institution-sponsored activity.

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