Retaliation includes intimidation, threats, coercion, or discrimination against any individual for the purpose of interfering with any right or privilege secured by law or this policy, or because the individual has made a report or complaint, testified, assisted, or participated or refused to participate in any manner in an investigation, proceeding, or hearing under EP 1.204 and its accompanying procedure, AP 1.204.
Example 1: Bob fires Sally because Sally has made a report of sexual harassment against Bob.
Example 2: Bob fires Jim because Jim is serving as a witness in support of Sally’s report of sexual harassment against Bob.
The University prohibits and will not tolerate retaliation. A retaliation complaint will be viewed as a separate offense —i.e., a person can be found responsible for retaliation even if not found responsible for the underlying reported sexual misconduct.
Acts of alleged retaliation should be reported immediately to the Title IX Coordinator for appropriate action.
Charging an individual with a conduct violation for making a materially false statement in bad faith in the course of a grievance proceeding under this policy and its accompanying procedure does not constitute retaliation, provided, however, that a determination regarding responsibility, alone, is not sufficient to conclude that any party has made a materially false statement in bad faith.