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Filing a Complaint

If you choose to file a complaint, the Title IX Coordinator will:

  • Walk you through the complaint process
  • Ask you to complete the complaint form or provide a signed, written statement about the incident (s)
  • Provide an opportunity for you to identify witnesses or individuals who will support your claim
  • Investigate the allegations of the complaint (A typical investigation should be completed within sixty (60) calendar days but depending upon the circumstances, may extend beyond sixty (60) days)
  • Keep you informed of the progress of the investigation
  • Advise you of the outcome of the investigation
  • Direct the findings of the investigation to appropriate West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine personnel for review and appropriate action

Alcohol or Drug Use

Alcohol or drug use by the accused and/or the complainant are not defenses to discrimination or harassment, sex discrimination or sexual harassment (including acts of sexual violence).

Use of drugs or alcohol may, however, affect the alleged victim's and/or accused's memory which may impact the investigation and final outcome of a complaint.

Retaliation

Various State and Federal laws, including but not limited to Title IX, and the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine prohibit retaliation against any individual who files or participates in the investigation of a discrimination, harassment, sex discrimination or sexual harassment complaint.

The Title IX Coordinator will investigate retaliation complaints and report the findings to appropriate West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine personnel for review and applicable action. If you feel that you have been retaliated against for filing a complaint or otherwise participating in a complaint investigation process, please contact the Title IX Coordinator.

Confidentiality

The Title IX Coordinator attempts to balance the needs of the parties for privacy with the institutional responsibility of ensuring a safe educational environment and workplace.

Confidentiality is an aspiration, but is not always possible or appropriate. An individual's requests regarding the confidentiality of reports of discrimination, or harassment including but not limited to sex offenses will be considered in determining an appropriate response; however, such requests will be considered in the dual contexts of the institution's legal obligation to ensure a working and learning environment that is free from discrimination or sexual misconduct and the due process rights of the accused to be informed of the allegations and their source.

Some level of disclosure may be necessary to ensure a complete and fair investigation and to insure that the institution meets its obligations under Title IX. The institution may be limited in its response and investigation if confidentiality is requested.