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If you’ve been accused

If you’ve been accused of harassment or other misconduct

  • Confidential support is available from the Engemann Student Counseling Center at (213) 740-7711. You may receive free individual counseling to help deal with feelings related to being accused, decision-making, and concerns about relationships.
  • Student Support and Advocacy (within Student Affairs) can provide support. Note this office is not confidential, although they will keep the information you share as private as possible.
  • Talk to someone you can trust: A friend, clergy member, parent, or counselor.
  • If you would like assistance in navigating the investigation process, ask the Title IX investigator, or the Title IX coordinator, for help in locating a trained advisor. The advisor can provide you with information about the investigation process, provide support, and accompany you to meetings with the investigator.
  • Do not contact the alleged victim by any means: this might appear retaliatory, even if that is not your intent. In addition, the alleged victim might believe this to be an additional act of harassment, putting you at risk of having additional charges of misconduct filed against you.
  • Consider whether there is information to gather that might be helpful. For example, you might gather text messages, emails, Facebook postings, or other social media postings. If you have already deleted text messages, contact your phone carrier to find out if they can be recovered. If you think of possible witnesses, it might be helpful to write down their names so that you do not forget them later, when asked as part of the investigation.

Be aware that you have the following rights:

  • The right to the same level of support at any Title IX investigation as is permitted to both the reporting student and the accused student(s); and the right to be notified in a timely manner of the outcome of the investigation
  • The right to be treated with respect and dignity by university officials
  • The right to an advisor of your choice, with the exception that a witness in your case cannot be your advisor
  • The right to written notice, before meeting with the investigator, of the incident report that specifies the nature of the alleged violation and the basis for the charge including the date or period of time and location regarding the alleged incident
  • The right to written notice of the online published location of the Student Conduct Code and Conduct Review System
  • The right to written notice of the requirement to meet with the investigator (the university reserves the right to conduct investigations in absentia when an accused student fails to respond after proper notice has been given or after the university has exercised reasonable effort to notify the student of the allegations; there may also be times when the university in its discretion decides to proceed with the investigation even when the complaining student does not wish to proceed. See SCampus, Section 17.02 A)
  • The right to a fair, thorough, neutral and impartial investigation of the incident
  • At the start of the investigation, the right to a summary of your rights, investigation procedures and avenue of appeal
  • The right to inspect documents and/or relevant information gathered as part of the investigation, though medical information may be kept confidential (a request to inspect documentation or evidence should be presented in writing at least one working day in advance to the investigator, at any time during the process)
  • The right to provide relevant information and evidence, and names of relevant witnesses
  • The right to decline to present information on your own behalf (this will not be construed as an admission of guilt)
  • The right to a written and timely decision sent to both parties outlining the results of the investigation, explaining the basis for the conclusion and outlining the proper course of appeal
  • The right to appeal the investigation results

The reporting student and the accused student have equal rights throughout the investigation and appeal process.