TITLE IX COORDINATOR
Title IX Coordinator and
Director of Equity Assurance
Phone: (304) 293-5600
Obligations under Title IX
Once a school knows or reasonably should know of possible sexual violence, it must take immediate and appropriate action to investigate. The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) has declared a 60 calendar day time-frame in which an institution must complete an investigation. If sexual violence has occurred, prompt and immediate steps to end the sexual violence, prevent its recurrence, and address its effects MUST be taken.
The institution must also:
Take steps to protect the Complainant as necessary, including interim steps taken
prior to the final outcome of the investigation.
Provide a grievance procedure for students to file complaints of sex discrimination,
including complaints of sexual violence.
Equal opportunity for both parties to present witnesses and other evidence.
The institution's grievance procedures must use the preponderance of evidence standard to resolve complaints. This standard of evidence is like saying “50% + a feather”. The institution must also notify both parties of the outcome of the complaint and appeal rights. The Complainant and Accused both have equal rights to notification, and each are informed of their appeal rights and action of the other person.