A Special Investigator is...
All reports of sexual violence on campus are investigated by a duly qualified external special investigator.
Investigations led by a special investigator will:
- Be trauma-informed
- Adhere to the requirements of procedural fairness and, insofar as possible, confidentiality
- Involve interviews of the parties individually (who may each be accompanied by an advisor) and witnesses, and an assessment of all other relevant evidence (e.g., documents, written communications)
- Be completed expediently, and within not more than 90 days
- Result in a confidential written report setting out findings, which will be sent to the relevant disciplinary officer (Faculty Dean, Dean of Students, or Dean of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies) for disciplinary or other action, where appropriate. Parties to the investigation will be informed of the special investigator’s findings and the justification on which these are based, with care taken to ensure that the process is fair, transparent, and protects the interests of the parties.