Investigation and Resolution Procedures

Aurora University is committed to the prompt and equitable resolution of all alleged or suspected violations of this Policy about which the University knows or reasonably should know, regardless of whether a report alleging a violation of this Policy has been filed, as set forth in Section I, above. While under Illinois law reporting parties have the right to request a prompt procedure, the University is committed to providing a prompt resolution in all matters.

In resolving a particular matter, the University may use some or all of the following processes: Initial Assessment and Interim Measures, Informal Resolution, Formal Resolution (a formal investigatory process leading to a finding), Sanctioning, and Appeal. Regardless of the specific processes employed, the University will complete its Investigation and Resolution Procedures (excluding any appeals) in a fair, impartial and thorough manner. The University will provide periodic updates as it deems appropriate.

The University’s ability to investigate a particular situation, or the extent of the investigation in any given situation, may be affected by any number of factors, including whether the report is anonymous, the reporting party is willing to file a report or consent to an investigation, the reporting party’s request for confidentiality, the location where the alleged or suspected conduct occurred, and the University’s access to information relevant to the alleged or suspected violation of this Policy. The University is nonetheless committed to addressing all alleged and suspected violations of this Policy to the fullest extent possible under the circumstances. In instances where the reporting party is unwilling or unable to file a report and participate in an investigation and resolution process, the University may elect to proceed and to seek resolution of the matter in accordance with the Procedures described below or other process that resolves the complaint in a manner consistent with applicable law and relevant Office for Civil Rights (OCR) or other relevant government guidance. Similarly, the University may also proceed to seek resolution of the alleged or suspected Policy violation in cases in which the reporting party does not wish to participate in the Investigation and Resolution process. In these cases, the University will serve as the reporting party in the procedures described below.

The Title IX Coordinator will review the available options with both the reporting party and the responding party. These include the opportunity for both parties to request interim measures as well as the opportunity to request that the grievance be resolved through either the Informal Resolution process or the Formal Resolution process. The reporting party and the responding party will receive periodic updates regarding the status of the resolution.