Discussion and Complaints under Lawrence University’s

Sexual Misconduct Policy


Informal Discussion

A confidential discussion is held with a staff or faculty member of the Sexual Harassment and Assault Resource Board, a residence hall director, a Dean or Vice President, or the University Consultant (an outside independent professional who is responsible for investigating formal complaints). 

An anonymous contact report is filed with the Associate Dean of the Faculty.

A complainant may bypass this step and begin with a formal complaint.



A formal complaint is made to a staff or faculty member of the Resource Board, a Dean or Vice President, the University Consultant, any residence hall director or to University Security.

The written complaint is forwarded to the Associate Dean of the Faculty.  The Associate Dean sends a copy to the appropriate “University Authority” who next relays it to the University’s Consultant.



The University Consultant investigates the complaint. 

Investigation includes interviews with complainant and respondent, witnesses, physical evidence.  Parties’ statements are reviewed with them.


Summary Report and Recommendation

The University Consultant reports on the investigation to the appropriate University Authority.

In harassment cases, with the approval of the complainant, the respondent, and the University Authority, a case may be resolved informally.


University Authority Acts

The University Authority decides on action.

If a student is the subject of the complaint, the University Authority is the VP for Student Affairs and Dean of Students.

Similarly, for a staff member, the Vice President for Finance and Adminstration is the University Authority.

For a member of the faculty, the University Authority is the Provost & Dean of the Faculty


Appeal to a Hearing Board

Either the complainant or the respondent may request to appeal the decision of the University Authority to a hearing board.


Final Appeal to the President

Student and staff member respondents may appeal their sanctions to the President.

For any sanction short of dismissal, the President is the final source of appeal for faculty respondents.

In the case of a sanction of dismissal, a faculty respondent may appeal to a board of elected faculty members, as outlined in the Faculty Handbook.


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