Relevant Definitions

Throughout this Policy, the "complainant" or the "reporting party" is the party alleging sexual misconduct or interpersonal violence or the party to whom sexual misconduct or interpersonal violence was directed. The "respondent" or “responding party” is the party accused of sexual misconduct or interpersonal violence. In unusual circumstances, the University itself may constitute the Complainant or may initiate an investigation. An individual who reports sexual misconduct or interpersonal violence occurring between individuals other than him/herself is referred to as a "third party reporter" or "witness."