Federal law requires Pacific Lutheran University to afford the Complainant and the Respondent rights throughout the Sexual Misconduct Investigation process. Additionally, Pacific Lutheran University has a commitment to all students, and is committed to creating an environment that still serves the student’s educational rights during the Sexual Misconduct Investigation Process. Basic rights include:
A. Respect for Privacy
Information regarding sexual misconduct reports, and any investigation or review of these reports, including sanctioning determinations, will be shared among University employees on a “need to know” basis only, and only under applicable law. See other sections on Confidentiality and Privacy in this policy.
B. Choice to Participate
All Complainants, Respondents, Reporters, or witnesses may choose to participate or decline to participate in the Title IX Investigation process. However, even if the Complainant or Respondent decline to participate, the University, in its sole discretion, may continue to investigate the matter and make sanctioning decisions based on the incident and information gathered.
C. Confidential Assistance and Resources
All Complainants, Respondents, Reporters, and witnesses have the right to seek additional, confidential resources if needed. Confidential services include the Health Center, Counseling Center, Victim Advocate, and Campus Ministry. All information shared with these offices and individuals will remain confidential to the extent permitted by law and University policy. Discussions with these individuals will not be considered a report to the University as it relates to the investigation.
D. A Fair Process
The University will take appropriate steps to ensure that the Respondent and the Complainant are treated fairly throughout the process, without bias.