Investigation Procedures and Protocols

All sexual misconduct, interpersonal violence, stalking, and sexual harassment incidents and complaints that are initiated by a complainant or are initiated administratively due to concerns for general campus safety are processed through Conduct and Accountability (campus judicial process) or Human Resources. 

Both formal and informal complaints must be forwarded to the Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Title IX Coordinator by Responsible Employees or other recipients.  Typically, the Title IX Coordinator will invite the potential complainant to meet to ensure that the complainant understands all options and protocols. The general responsibilities of the Title IX Coordinator include overseeing the institution’s response to reports and complaints and identifying and addressing patterns or systematic problems revealed by such reports and complaints.  Additionally, the Title IX coordinator will review requests for confidentiality in the context of the institution’s responsibility to provide a safe and nondiscriminatory environment for all students as well as identify needs for and implement interim measures where necessary.  If the incident is not Title IX related, the potential complainant may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator or other appropriate official such as the Dean of Students or the Director of Conduct and Accountability to review all options and protocols.  Nicholls State University policies and procedures will not be implemented in a manner that will infringe on any form of speech or conduct that is protected by the First Amendment.