Human Resources

Title IX Hearing Procedures

Procedure Overview

At the conclusion of the investigative process outlined in Wright State University’s Sex/Gender-Based Harassment, Discrimination, and Sexual Misconduct Policy (Policy Number 1270), for matters that fall within the scope of Section 1270.4, the final investigation report will be forwarded to the appropriate adjudicating office. For students, the appropriate adjudicating office is the Office of Community Standards and Student Conduct. For faculty, the appropriate adjudicating office is the Provost’s Office. For staff, the appropriate adjudicating office is the Office of Human Resources. Regardless of the adjudicating office for a particular matter, the following procedures will apply.  

The purpose of the Title IX hearing is to provide parties the opportunity to cross-examine or otherwise question, through an advisor, the other parties and any witnesses in front of the decision-maker. Advisors will be permitted to ask parties and witnesses all relevant questions and follow-up questions, including questions that challenge credibility.  

The Title IX Coordinator will appoint an individual or hearing panel to serve as decision-maker, and the appropriate adjudicating office will facilitate a live hearing. The decision-maker(s) for all cases that fall within the scope of Section 1270.4 may be a single hearing officer or a hearing panel. If a hearing panel is appointed to serve as the decision-maker, the number of members and their composition (e.g. students, faculty, staff, non-voting chairpersons, etc.) will be determined at the discretion of the Title IX Coordinator.  

The decision-maker(s) will oversee the hearing process, permit relevant questioning of the parties and witnesses, and issue a written determination regarding responsibility in accordance with these procedures. The University maintains the right to use an external hearing officer or hearing panel when appropriate.  

Decision-makers are trained to serve as individual hearing officers and/or members of a hearing panel in accordance with Title IX. Decision-maker(s) will not be the Title IX Coordinator, the investigator(s) who investigated the allegations, or the informal resolution officer for the particular case at issue. The decision-maker(s) will evaluate all relevant evidence, both inculpatory and exculpatory. 

For more detailed information about the process, please refer to the Title IX Hearing Procedures for Wright State University Employees (PDF).