Seattle University's integrity formation conduct process for sexual offense, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking complaints will be prompt and equitable and conducted in consultation with Public Safety. Informal Resolution is not appropriate for sexual offense, dating violence, domestic violence or stalking cases. The University will investigate all complaints of sexual offense, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking in a prompt, adequate, reliable and impartial manner. The nature and scope of an investigation will depend on the specific circumstances and may include a review of statements obtained from the complainant and the respondent, interviews with both parties, interviews with witnesses, and review of relevant documentation and physical evidence. Except in extraordinary circumstances, the University will conclude its investigation and conduct process within sixty (60) calendar days following receipt of a complaint. Timelines within this process may be delayed temporarily if they would compromise a law enforcement investigation but in no instance shall the investigation be delayed pending the outcome of law enforcement investigation and charging procedures. The University will provide both the complainant and the respondent a thorough explanation of the procedures to be followed during the course of the conduct process. The procedures will follow those that are set forth in the Redhawk Commitment and Code of Conduct, but to the extent that anything set out in those sections is inconsistent with this policy, the process set out in this policy shall apply. These procedures include:
Not all forms of sexual offense, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking will be deemed to be equally serious offenses. The University reserves the right to impose differing sanctions, ranging from written warning to suspension or expulsion, depending on the severity of the offense. The University will consider the concerns and rights of both the complainant and the respondent of the sexual offense.