Guiding Principles for Investigation & Adjudication

Investigation

  1. Response should be timely, appropriate, sensitive, and respectful. Incorporating these principles at every level of response will increase the likelihood that students will report intimate partner violence and other forms of gender based violence. Learn More
  2. Investigation and resolution should be prompt, fair, and impartial. Learn More
  3. Campus professionals involved in investigation should have extensive, appropriate training. Training for these staff should:
    • Be ongoing, research-based, and up-to-date
    • Include information on trauma-informed and culturally sensitive response
    • Be developed and facilitated in coordination with gender violence experts
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  4. Increase safety for and reduce retaliation toward reporting parties. Campuses should expend great efforts to protect the safety of victim/survivors by training employees in safety planning, adjudicating claims of retaliation in a timely fashion, and highlighting retaliation prohibitions in IPV-related policies. Learn More

Investigation & Adjudication In Real Life

  • 3rd Party Reports

    3rd Party Reports

    Sharon has been experiencing stalking, harassment and sexual violence from her recent ex for over six months. Fed up with Read More
  • Student Appeals

    Student Appeals

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For more information specifically on sexual violence, visit the North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault

Guiding Principles for Investigation and Adjudication

#1 Response should be timely, appropriate, sensitive, and respectful. Incorporating these principles at every level of response will increase the likelihood that students will report intimate partner violence and other forms of gender based violence.

What's Required

What's Recommended

#2 Investigation and resolution should be prompt, fair, and impartial.

What's Required

What's Recommended

#3

Campus professionals involved in investigation should have extensive, appropriate training. Training for these staff should:
  • Be ongoing, research-based, and up-to-date
  • Include information on trauma-informed and culturally sensitive response
  • Be developed and facilitated in coordination with gender violence experts

What's Recommended

Incorporate Minimum Standards for Education of Staff

Institutions must provide primary prevention and awareness programs for all incoming students and new employees, along with ongoing prevention and awareness programs for current students and employees. For more information on the requirements for prevention education programs for faculty and staff, visit the Guiding Principles for Prevention and Education section.

#4 Increase safety for and reduce retaliation toward reporting parties. Campuses should expend great efforts to protect the safety of victim/survivors by training employees in safety planning, adjudicating claims of retaliation in a timely fashion, and highlighting retaliation prohibitions in IPV-related policies.

What's Required

What's Recommended

Incorporate Minimum Standards for Education of Staff

Institutions must provide primary prevention and awareness programs for all incoming students and new employees, along with ongoing prevention and awareness programs for current students and employees. For more information on the requirements for prevention education programs for faculty and staff, visit the Prevention and Education section.