Policies and Procedures to Report Sexual Misconduct

Topics: Sexual Health and Conduct, Student Health and Wellness, Student Affairs

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Research Questions

  • What policies have institutions developed to guide responses to sexual misconduct?
  • Does a system-wide or state-wide policy exist? What programs exist to train employees how to watch for and report sexual misconduct?
  • What is the procedure to conduct a Title IX investigation when sexual misconduct is reported?



In 2011, the federal Office of Civil Rights issued a “Dear Colleague” letter that reminded institutions of their Title IX obligations to report sexual misconduct. This brief examines how five public institutions and one state system have developed policies and procedures to manage sexual misconduct. It describes what programs exist to train employees to recognize and report sexual misconduct. It also explains how administrators manage concerns like anonymity and police involvement during a Title IX investigation.


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