Title IX Grievance Procedure (PDF)

Loma Linda University shall conduct a prompt, thorough, and impartial inquiry into any reports of sexual harassment and/or physical sexual misconduct. The University will take immediate and appropriate steps to investigate or otherwise take steps that are reasonably calculated to end any form of sexual misconduct, whether or not a formal complaint has been initiated.

An investigation should generally be completed within 60 days from the date a complaint is reported. The University will attempt to obtain consent from the individual filing the complaint before beginning an investigation. However, there may be instances when Loma Linda University may pursue an investigation regardless of the request of the complainant, if it deems it necessary to maintain a safe and nondiscriminatory campus environment.

The parties will have the right to provide witnesses, documentation, or other evidence appropriate to substantiate their claims or defenses. The parties will be provided with periodic status updates during the investigation. Within thirty days of its completion, the parties will receive concurrent notice of the outcome of the investigation, as appropriate.

Disciplinary Action

Any member of the University community—faculty, staff, administrators, or students—who is found to have engaged in sexual misconduct is subject to disciplinary action up to and including dismissal. Any manager, supervisor, or designated employee responsible for reporting or responding to incidents of sexual misconduct who knew about such conduct and took no action to stop it or failed to report it shall also be subject to appropriate disciplinary action.

Confidentiality

LLU shall protect the privacy of individuals involved in a report of sexual misconduct to the extent required by law and University policy. Anyone requesting confidentiality shall be informed that complete and total confidentiality may not be possible and that, depending on the nature of the alleged misconduct, some level of disclosure may be required, especially in situations alleging sexual violence. Disclosure may be made only on a need-to-know basis.

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) permits the University to disclose the outcome of any student conduct proceedings to the person filing the complaint without prior written consent when the disclosure is to the victim of an alleged perpetrator of a crime of violence including physical sexual misconduct. FERPA also permits the University to notify the student filing the complaint of any sanctions assigned to another student that may affect him or her.

Retaliation Prohibited

All reasonable action will be taken to prevent retaliation against the complainant, witnesses or anyone cooperating with the investigation.