Dean of Students
Sexual Offense

Overview of Student Conduct Process


  • Seattle University's integrity formation conduct process for sexual offense, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking complaints will be prompt and equitable and conducted in consultation with Public Safety. Informal Resolution is not appropriate for sexual offense, dating violence, domestic violence or stalking cases. The University will investigate all complaints of sexual offense, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking in a prompt, adequate, reliable and impartial manner. The nature and scope of an investigation will depend on the specific circumstances and may include a review of statements obtained from the complainant and the respondent, interviews with both parties, interviews with witnesses, and review of relevant documentation and physical evidence.

    Except in extraordinary circumstances, the University will conclude its investigation and conduct process within sixty (60) calendar days following receipt of a complaint. Timelines within this process may be delayed temporarily if they would compromise a law enforcement investigation but in no instance shall the investigation be delayed pending the outcome of law enforcement investigation and charging procedures. The University will provide both the complainant and the respondent a thorough explanation of the procedures to be followed during the course of the conduct process. The procedures will follow those that are set forth in the Redhawk Commitment and Code of Conduct, but to the extent that anything set out in those sections is inconsistent with this policy, the process set out in this policy shall apply. These procedures include:

    1. Both parties will be advised that the resources listed in this policy are available.
    2. The Dean of Students or his/her designee may issue a written "no contact order" order to any parties involved in an alleged sexual offense, or incident of dating violence, domestic violence or stalking.
    3. The University will utilize a pool of conduct officers (referred to herein as the "Sexual Offense Review Board") trained to hear allegations of sexual offenses, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking. Efforts will be made to ensure that the members selected to sit on the Sexual Offense Review Board represent the diverse campus community.
    4. All sexual offense, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking cases will go before the Sexual Offense Review Board.
    5. All Sexual Offense Review Board members will receive training specific to 1) sexual offense cases dating violence, domestic violence and stalking, 2) applicable confidentiality requirements and 3) conducting the hearing process and any investigative processes in a way that protects the safety of victims, is sensitive to the needs of survivors and promotes accountability with appropriate training conducted prior to the beginning of each academic year and refresher training prior to a hearing.
    6. The Title IX Coordinator will be informed of and provided all information regarding a sexual offense, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking complaint and investigation and any subsequent conduct process.
    7. The Sexual Offense Review Board will determine responsibility using a preponderance of the evidence standard, i.e., more likely than not a sexual offense did or did not occur.
    8. All parties will be treated equitably during the hearing process.  Both the complainant and the respondent will be treated equally, including having the same right to an advisor, witnesses, and the right to appeal. Respondents and complainants will have equal chances to meet with the Sexual Offense Review Board and other University officials involved in the process and will be given equal opportunity to review the material that will be considered by the Sexual Offense Review Board.
    9. The importance of physical presence at a Sexual Offense Review Board will be discussed with the complainant and respondent.
    10. The hearing location will have separate waiting rooms available for the complainant and the respondent. Neither the complainant nor the respondent will be permitted to question witness or the other party directly.
    11. Complainants and respondents will be informed simultaneously in writing of the Sexual Offense Review Board’s determination to the extent permitted by law.
    12. Either party may appeal the decision. Complainants and respondents shall be notified simultaneously of the opportunity and procedures to appeal, any appeals by the other party, any change to the results prior to the final outcome and when the outcome becomes final, complainants and respondents shall be notified simultaneously. Appeals must be made in writing and submitted to the Office of Integrity Formation within 3 business days following receipt of the official notification of the findings and sanctions. Except in extraordinary circumstances, appeals will be resolved within thirty (30) calendar days following receipt of the request for appeal.
    13. Decisions may be overturned only if the original decision was based on 1) factual errors or material information unavailable at the time of the Sexual Offense Review Board’s decision, 2) material procedural error that affected the outcome or 3) lack of substantial evidence before the Sexual Offense Review Board to support the decision.  Substantial evidence is evidence that supports the decision if a reasonable person could reach the same decision based on the evidence before the Sexual Offense Review Board.
    14. All proceedings must be documented and that documentation, in whatever form, maintained.


    Not all forms of sexual offense, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking will be deemed to be equally serious offenses. The University reserves the right to impose differing sanctions, ranging from written warning to suspension or expulsion, depending on the severity of the offense. The University will consider the concerns and rights of both the complainant and the respondent of the sexual offense.