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What happens to the respondent and what happens to the complainant?

When someone accuses another person of sexual assault, if they are guilty, they [can] be removed from the university. During the investigation, what happens to the respondent and what happens to the complainant? So if innocent until proven guilty or still they are going to be removed?

Recommendations

  • Describe possible legal and institutional consequences for respondents found to have engaged in sexual violence. Provide indication of the range of consequences likely to follow a range of policy violations.

  • Address respondent rights and supports available to respondents in each of the following circumstances: 1) the investigation into the complaint is ongoing 2) the investigation concludes that the respondent has violated the policy, or 3) the investigation does not conclude that the respondent has violated the policy.

  • Identify potential interim measures, provide an indication of how these measures are selected and implemented and establish a reasonable timeframe for implementation.