The process varies slightly depending on whether or not the person(s) identified as the respondent is an employee or a student.
- Complaints against employees are processed through Human Resources and may be subject to additional provisions under collective bargaining agreements and/or labor laws.
- Employers are required to inform the respondent of accusations made and by whom. Therefore, it is not possible to request confidentiality.
- Anonymous complaints will be reviewed, but may limit the institution’s ability to act.
You will meet with an HR staff to review the details of your complaint.
Please contact Aaron Hilliard, Vice President, HR at 425-564-2445 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org for specific details on the process.
- Complaints against students are processed through the Title IX Office.
- It is possible to request confidentiality.
- Complainant gets to direct the process and no action will be taken unless the complainant agrees. There are two exceptions: assault of a minor and a threat to the larger community.
When you meet with a Title IX official to discuss your complaint, the official will explain the process including such things as confidentiality, resources, modifications and options for how to proceed.
If the complainant wants to move forward with a formal investigation, an investigator will conduct a neutral investigation, interviewing the parties and witnesses and reviewing evidence. If the results of the investigation indicate that there was a violation of policy, it will be sent to student conduct for review and action per the Student Conduct Policy.
If the complainant wants to move forward with an informal resolution, the Title IX official will discuss the possible options. Often this involves the Title IX official discussing the impact of their actions on the complainant, establishing boundaries and clarifying potential consequences. If a complainant chooses an informal resolution, it does not necessarily eliminate the option of a formal investigation in the future.
In all cases, retaliation is expressly prohibited.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Title IX office located at C227 or by calling (425) 564-2641.
Last Updated March 30, 2016