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Investigation of a Contested Concern (2023 Charter)

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How the Investigation Begins

The first step in the investigation process will be a meeting with the Conduct Investigator (CI). At that time, the CI will review with the Responding Student (RS) the letter of concern and the available evidence. This is usually the RS’s first opportunity to explain their position regarding the allegations.

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The Conduct Investigator (CI) 

It is important to remember that if the case goes to a hearing, the CI is the person who presents all the evidence, incriminating and exculpatory, so it is in the RS’s best interest to speak frankly with the CI about the situation. The CI will ask questions, which the RS may choose not to answer as they have the right not to self-incriminate.

If the RS disagrees with the allegations or agrees with the allegations but disagree that they constitute a violation, the RS will be asked for their reasons and what evidence they have to support their contention(s). Please be assured that any disagreement with the allegations, or agreement with the allegations but denial they constitute a violation, will be discussed with the Reporting Party (RP) and carefully reviewed by the CI during the CI’s follow-up investigation.

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Staying Informed about the Investigation

The CI will keep the RS informed of the progress of the investigation and share all information or evidence gathered. In many cases students may receive copies of such information; if copies are not released the RS, the RP and their Personal Advisers, may review them, as many times as they wish, and may take liberal notes. Please note that the CI will act as mediator/facilitator/go-between if the RS has questions for the RP about the evidence or other related matters. It is requested that the RS not contact the RP directly to avoid potential misunderstandings.

The RS has the right to speak with the CA or to request a Conduct Counselor (CC) at any time during meeting(s) with the CI. Additionally, they also have the right to have a person of their choice accompany them throughout the investigative and adjudicative process.

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Written Statement

Please note that an RS is not required to provide a written statement during the investigative phase, but it is often a helpful method to explain their position in their own words initially to the CI. Ultimately, if the case is charged and goes to a hearing, this statement may serve as a draft of the statement given to the Hearing Panel.

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