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Title IX

What To Expect from the Campus Judicial System:

Initial Response:

The University will handle all complaints of a sexual nature with due regard to the parties' concerns of privacy. If any occurrences of a sexual nature pose a general threat to the University community, the University will take affirmative steps to notify students, faculty and staff of the potential danger.

UCM will provide support for victims/survivors and urges victims/survivors to seek assistance using any appropriate resources. (The University will publish annual statistics on the occurrences of Sexual Assault.)

Investigations:

Students who are victims of sexual assault may also pursue criminal charges. The University's conduct process acts independently of any legal proceedings.
University investigations of possible sexual misconduct will be timely and impartial.

Once initiated by a victim/survivor of assault, the university may take immediate action to prevent additional harm. The university reserves the right to take whatever measures it deems necessary in response to an allegation of sexual misconduct in order to protect students' rights and personal safety. Such measures include, but are not limited to, modification of living arrangements, interim suspension from campus pending a hearing, and reporting the matter to the local police.

In campus investigations, legal terms like "guilt" ,"innocence" and "burdens of proof" are not applicable. In a university investigation, all parties will have the opportunity to provide witnesses and evidence. Campus investigations are conducted to take into account the totality of all evidence available, from all relevant sources, and a decision will be based on the preponderance of evidence.

Notification of findings and appeals:

At the conclusion of an investigation, all parties will be notified, in writing, of the outcome. Either party may appeal these findings by contacting Dr. Shari Bax, the Vice Provost for Student Experience and Engagement at 660-543-4114. Dr. Bax has been designated by the University as an impartial hearing officer for matters of sexual violence. If either party objects to Dr. Bax's impartiality, an alternate hearing officer may be designated. This appeal must be submitted, in writing, with 5 days of the original findings.
The entire investigation and resolution should take no more than 60 days.

Retaliation will not be tolerated:

The university, in accordance with title IX, will not tolerate any form of retaliation against any individual who files a complaint or participates in the complaint process.
Additionally, the university will take steps to prevent the recurrence of discrimination and harassment and will take steps to correct discriminatory effects.

Sanction guidelines:

The University will carefully review each incident on an individual basis. Depending on the specifics of the incident, more or less severe sanctions may be imposed.
Not all forms of sexual misconduct will be deemed to be equally serious offenses, and the university reserves the right to impose different sanctions, ranging from verbal warning to expulsion, depending on the severity of the offense. Additional sanctions imposed for violation of the University's Sexual Assault Policy may include, but are not limited to, removing the assailant from class, banning the assailant from certain building, or temporarily suspension of their student.