12.3.9. Informal Resolutions & Mediation

Based on the judgment of the Title IX Coordinator, certain cases may present an opportunity for an Informal Resolution. The Informal Resolution is a set of terms that both parties agree to in writing which represents a conclusion to the grievance process. The terms are determined by the Title IX Coordinator and may include remedies and sanctions outlined in this policy. An Informal Resolution is typically initiated by the Title IX Coordinator, but either party may indicate directly to the Title IX Coordinator if they are open to a resolution at any time. The Title IX Coordinator will present the Informal Resolution to each party independently, and all related communication should go through the Title IX Coordinator. Participation in an informal resolution is voluntary for all parties and requires full informed and written consent. If either party does not agree with the Informal Resolution, they may continue with the University’s grievance process.

A facilitated mediation with a third-party mediator may also be available in certain circumstances. The request for mediation may be initiated by either party, or the Title IX Coordinator, typically before the investigation. Mediation is voluntary and both parties must agree to participate. The Title IX Coordinator will select one trained mediator from among the faculty, staff, or an outside source where appropriate. The goal of mediation is similar to that of an informal resolution, but provides additional facilitation and requires parties to be in attendance.  The Title IX Coordinator will set a date for the mediation to take place.   At the conclusion of a successful mediation process, both the Complainant and the Respondent will sign a statement with the reached agreement, and stating that that they are satisfied with the outcome and that their case will be concluded.   If either party believes that the mediation process was unsuccessful, they may continue with the University’s grievance process.