A Title IX investigation begins when the university’s Title IX Coordinator and/or Title IX Deputy Coordinator receive a report that may violate Title IX, which prohibits sex discrimination, including sexual violence, in educational programs and activities.
Below are some things you should know about Title IX investigations at Virginia Tech:
When Virginia Tech offcials are made aware of any potential act of sexual violence that violates Title IX, an investigation into the incident is required. Upon receiving the complaint, a trained Title IX investigator will contact all individuals involved to gather information about the incident. The Title IX investigator will meet with complainants, respondents, and witnesses throughout the investigation process. The investigation process may involve interim measures, which include but are not limited to: No Contact Orders, changes made to schedules, and on-campus housing relocation. If you have any concerns that arise during the investigation, you may voice them to the investigator.
After the investigator has gathered all relevant information, he or she will write an investigation report which is then submitted to Virginia Tech’s Title IX and Deputy Title IX Coordinators. Based on the information collected in the report, the Title IX and Deputy Title IX Coordinators determine the appropriate response from Virginia Tech. You can expect either of the following at the conclusion of the Title IX investigation:
- The case has been closed and not referred to Student Conduct. However, all parties involved in the investigation have the option of submitting the report to their office as a conduct referral.
- Or, the case has been referred to Student Conduct for adjudication. You will have the option to not participate in their adjudication of the matter.
If you are involved in a Title IX investigation, whether as a complainant, a respondent, or a witness, a Title IX investigator will request a face-to-face meeting. At this initial meeting, the investigator will explain detailed information regarding your rights and options in the investigation process. Participation in this meeting, or any step in the process, is optional.
Some additional rights and options in the Title IX investigation include, but are not limited to the following:
- Any reasonable accommodations needed to participate if you are a person with a disability.
- You are encouraged to bring an advocate with you that can support you throughout any step in the process. If you are unfamiliar with someone who can serve in this role, the investigator will be able to provide options.
- You have the option to not answer questions or provide information to the investigator. It is important to note that the Title IX and Deputy Title IX Coordinators can only offer an effective response to your situation if they have the necessary information to investigate the matter.
- You will be provided with a prompt, adequate, reliable, and impartial Title IX investigation.
- Throughout the investigation, you will be provided with updates regarding the progress made in meeting with all parties. It is possible that the investigator may meet with you and others several times during the course of the investigation.
- At the conclusion of the investigation, you can expect to receive a copy of the investigator’s report after it has been submitted to the Title IX and Deputy Title IX Coordinators for their review and determination of the appropriate response from Virginia Tech.
- You will be informed of the outcome of the investigation and any adjudication processes that may follow.