Sexual Misconduct Complaints: A Guide for University Discipline Panels on Sexual Violence

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December 2013
  • Equal Educational Opportunities
  • Violence Against Women and Girls
  • National Judicial Education Program
  • Teen Dating Violence
  • Archival Material
  • Resource for Women and Advocates
  • Publication

Drawing extensively from the National Judicial Education Program’s publication Judges Tell: What I Wish I Had Known Before I Presided in an Adult Victim Sexual Assault Case , the University of Pennsylvania developed a guide titled Sexual Misconduct Complaints:  17 Tips for Student Discipline Adjudicators, intended as a template for adaptation by individual nonprofit colleges and universities.

The guide provides some of the “training . . . in handling complaints of sexual harassment and sexual violence” that the U.S. Department of Education Office on Civil Rights Dear Colleague Letter of April 4, 2011 recommended fact-finders and decision-makers in sexual violence cases receive. Another major source for this guide is a 2000 report from the United States Department of Justice: “The Sexual Victimization of College Women,” which provides statistical snapshots of the frequency of campus sexual assault, the relationships between complainants and alleged assailants, and other matters.  

If your school adapts this template, please leave the first footnote in the guide intact, as it credits the work of the University of Pennsylvania and the National Judicial Education Program.