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What are My Rights as a Responding Party (Accused)?

The right to investigation and appropriate resolution of all credible reports of sexual misconduct made in good faith to District administrators;

The right to be informed in advance, when possible, of any public release of information regarding the report.

The right to be treated with respect by District officials;

The right to have District policies and procedures followed without material deviation;

The right to be informed of and have access to campus resources for medical, health, counseling, and advisory services;

The right to be fully informed of the nature, policies and procedures of the campus resolution process and to timely written notice of all alleged violations within the report, including the nature of the violation and possible sanctions;

The right to a hearing on the report;

The right not to have irrelevant prior sexual history admitted as evidence in a campus resolution process;

The right to have reports heard by hearing and appeals officers who have received at least 8 hours of annual training;

The right to petition that any member of the conduct body be recused on the basis of demonstrated bias;

The right to meetings, interviews and hearings that are closed to the public;

The right to have an advisor of their choice to accompany and assist in the campus resolution process.

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

The right to a decision based solely on evidence presented during the resolution process. Such evidence shall be credible, relevant, based in fact, and without prejudice;

The right to be informed of the outcome and sanction of the resolution process in writing, without undue delay between the notifications to the parties, and usually within 1 business day of the end of the process;

The right to be informed in writing of when a decision of the District is considered final, any changes to the sanction to occur before the decision is finalized, to be informed of the right to appeal the sanction of the resolution process, and the procedures for doing so in accordance with the standards for appeal established by the District.