Intake and Assessment: Upon receipt of a report of Prohibited Conduct, the Title IX Coordinator will conduct a Preliminary Evaluation, which will include reaching out to the complainant and/or third-party reporter, responding to any immediate health or safety concerns, determining whether the reported conduct is within the scope of the Policy, assessing the need for any interim measures, and determining the appropriate course of action. At the conclusion of the Preliminary Evaluation, the Title IX Coordinator will determine, after consultation with the Complainant, whether the report will be resolved through a voluntary, informal process or through a formal resolution process.
Standard of Evidence: The standard of evidence under the Policy is a preponderance of the evidence (i.e., it is more likely than not that the conduct has occurred). In analyzing the facts, the Investigator will apply this standard to determine whether the Respondent is responsible for violating the Policy. Throughout the investigation, the respondent is presumed “not responsible” until a finding of “responsible” is made pursuant to the Policy.
Sanctions for Student Respondents: If a Respondent if found responsible, one or more of the following sanctions may be imposed:
- Verbal or written reprimand;
- Restriction from employment at MUSC, educational program attendance, educational project, professional assessment;
- Recommended participation in sessions at Counseling and Psychological Services;
- Removal from specific courses or activities;
- No Contact Order;
- No Trespass Order;
- Transcript notification and/or notification to other institutions;
- Withholding or delaying the conferral of the degree.
Time Limitations: There is no time limit for reporting Prohibited Conduct. However, to maximize MUSC’s ability to gather relevant and reliable information, contact witnesses, investigate thoroughly, and respond meaningfully, complainants and individuals with information are urged to make reports as soon as possible. If a report is filed against an individual who is no longer a student or employee at MUSC, the university will not have disciplinary authority over the respondent. In the event the respondent is not affiliated with MUSC at the time of the report, the Complainant will still be entitled to make use of any of the resources available to students and may seek assistance from the university in identifying and contacting law enforcement.