Statement of Rights of the Parties

(A copy of this Statement of Rights is included when notice of investigation is issued.)

The right to an equitable investigation and resolution of all credible allegations of prohibited harassment or discrimination made in good faith to Plymouth State University officials with authority

The right to timely written notice of all alleged violations, including the identity of the parties involved (if known), the precise misconduct being alleged, the date and location of the alleged misconduct (if known), the implicated policies and procedures, and possible sanctions. 

The right to timely written notice of any material adjustments to the allegations (e.g., additional incidents or allegations, additional Complainants, unsubstantiated allegations) and any attendant adjustments needed to clarify potentially implicated policy violations. 

The right to be informed in advance of any public release of information regarding the allegation(s) or underlying incident(s), whenever possible. 

The right not to have any personally identifiable information released to the public without consent provided, except to the extent permitted by law. 

The right to be treated with respect by Plymouth State University officials. 

The right to have Plymouth State University policies and procedures followed without material deviation. 

The right not to be pressured to mediate or otherwise informally resolve any reported misconduct involving violence, including sexual violence.  

The right not to be discouraged by Plymouth State University officials from reporting sexual misconduct or discrimination to both on-campus and off-campus authorities. 

The right to be informed by Plymouth State University officials of options to notify proper law enforcement authorities, including on-campus and local police, and the option(s) to be assisted in notifying such authorities, if the party so chooses. This also includes the right not to be pressured to report, as well.  

The right to have allegations of violations of this Policy responded to promptly and with sensitivity by Plymouth State University law enforcement and/or other Plymouth State University officials. 

The right to be informed of available supportive measures, such as counseling; confidential advocacy; health care; legal resources, student financial aid, visa, and immigration assistance; or other services, both on campus and in the community.  

The right to a Plymouth State University-implemented Administrative No Contact Order (or a no-trespass order against a non-affiliated third party) when a person has engaged in or threatens to engage in stalking, threatening, harassing, or other improper conduct that presents a danger to the welfare of the party or others. 

The right to be informed of available assistance in changing academic, living, and/or working situations after an alleged incident of discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation, if such changes are reasonably available. No formal report or investigation, either campus or criminal, needs to occur before this option is available. Such actions may include, but are not limited to: 

  • Relocating an on-campus student’s housing to a different on-campus location 
  • Changing an employee’s work environment (e.g., reporting line, workspace relocation) 
  • Transportation accommodations 
  • Visa/immigration assistance 
  • Arranging to dissolve a housing contract and a pro-rated refund 
  • Exam, paper, and/or assignment rescheduling or adjustment 
  • Receiving an incomplete in, or a withdrawal from, a class (may be retroactive) 
  • Transferring class sections 
  • Temporary withdrawal/leave of absence (may be retroactive) 
  • Campus safety escorts 
  • Alternative course completion options. 

The right to have the University maintain supportive measures for as long as necessary and for such measures to remain private, provided privacy does not impair the ability to provide them. 

The right to receive sufficiently advanced, written notice of any meeting or interview involving the other party, when possible. 

The right to ask the Investigator(s) and Decision-maker(s) to identify and question relevant witnesses, including expert witnesses. 

The right to provide the Investigator(s)/Decision-maker(s) with a list of questions that, if deemed relevant by the Investigator(s)/Chair, may be asked of any party or witness.  

The right not to have irrelevant prior sexual history or character admitted as evidence. 

The right to know the relevant and directly related evidence obtained and to respond to that evidence. 

The right to a fair opportunity to provide the Investigator(s) with a personal account of the alleged misconduct and have that account be on the record. 

The right to receive a copy of the investigation report, including all factual, policy, and/or credibility analyses performed, and all relevant and directly related evidence available and used to produce the investigation report, subject to the privacy limitations imposed by state and federal law, prior to the hearing, and the right to have at least ten (10) business days to review the report prior to the hearing. 

The right to respond to the investigation report, including comments providing any additional relevant evidence after the opportunity to review the investigation report, and to have that response on the record. 

The right to be informed of the names of all witnesses whose information will be used to make a finding, in advance of that finding, when relevant.  

The right to regular updates on the status of the investigation and/or resolution.  

The right to have reports of alleged Policy violations addressed by Investigators, Title IX Coordinators, and Decision-maker(s) who have received at least eight hours of relevant annual training. 

The right to preservation of privacy, to the extent possible and permitted by law. 

The right to meetings, interviews, and/or hearings that are closed to the public. 

The right to petition that any Plymouth State University representative in the process be recused on the basis of disqualifying bias and/or conflict of interest. 

The right to have up to two Advisors of their choice to accompany and assist the party in all meetings and/or interviews associated with the resolution process.  

The right to have the University require the participation of faculty and staff witnesses.  

The right to the use of the appropriate standard of evidence, preponderance of the evidence, to make a finding after an objective evaluation of all relevant evidence.  

The right to be present, including presence via remote technology, during all testimony given and evidence presented during any formal grievance hearing. 

The right to have an impact statement considered by the Decision-maker(s) following a determination of responsibility for any allegation, but prior to sanctioning. 

The right to be promptly informed in a written Notice of Outcome letter of the finding(s) and sanction(s) of the resolution process and a detailed rationale therefor (including an explanation of how credibility was assessed), delivered simultaneously (without undue delay) to the parties. 

The right to be informed in writing of when a decision by the Plymouth State University is considered final and any changes to the sanction(s) that occur before the decision is finalized. 

The right to be informed of the opportunity to appeal the finding(s) and sanction(s) of the resolution process, and the procedures for doing so in accordance with the standards for appeal established by the University. 

The right to a fundamentally fair resolution as defined in these procedures.