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The Title IX Office conducts prompt, fair, and impartial investigations of sexual misconduct or Title IX sexual harassment, that avoid pre-judgement of facts at issue, conflicts of interest, and bias.  The presumption is that no policy violation has occurred unless proven otherwise by a preponderance of the evidence in an adjudication process.

Information to Include in the Formal Complaint:

The formal complaint must include the complainant’s physical or digital signature, or otherwise indicate
that the complainant is the person filing the formal complaint. In addition to the complainant’s name,
the formal complaint document that is filed should include:
• The name of the respondent
• The approximate date, time, and location of the alleged incident
• A description of the incident that the complainant would like the university to investigate.
• Impact on the learning/working environment at JMU of the complainant


Click Formal Complaint Investigation Process to open a PDF of the full document.

The Formal Complaint Investigation Process is covered in four simple steps.

  1. Formal Complaint Submitted and Notice of Allegation Sent: After receiving a formal complaint, the Title IX Office promptly contacts the complainant to verify that the complainant filed a formal complaint and then sends written notice of the allegation to the respondent and complainant.
  2. Investigation Conducted: The investigator contacts the complainant, respondent, and witnesses and gathers and collects evidence.  The evidence is made available to the complainant, respondent, and their advisors of choice.  The complainant and respondent have 10 days to submit a response to the evidence.
  3. Investigative Report Review: The investigative report is made available to the complainant, respondent, and their advisor of choice.  The complainant and respondent have 48 hours upon receipt of the investigative report to submit a response to the investigative report.
  4. Investigation Complete: The investigator transfers the investigative report to the university authority responsible for adjudicating the formal complaint.  The Complainant, Respondent and their Advisors of Choice continue to have access to all evidence, the investigative report, responses to the evidence, and responses to the investigative report.

The university encourages anyone who directly experiences or becomes aware of sexual harassment or sexual misconduct involving JMU community members, or that occurs during a university program or activity, or occurs on university-owned or university-leased property to report the incident immediately to the Title IX Office.



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