What to do if you are under investigation or think you might be in the future

If the Title IX office has notified you that you are under investigation, or if someone tells you they believe you did something nonconsensual to them or someone else, or even if you have heard rumors about yourself that have caused you concern that you might be under investigation, this can be a very stressful situation.

Immediate action to take

  1. Call Student Counseling Services to speak with a confidential counselor who can provide immediate emotional support.
  2. If you received a notification email from the Title IX investigator, follow the directions in your email and respond to the investigator by the date in your email to avoid a registration hold being placed on your account.
  3. If you would like help finding an advisor follow the instructions in the email that was sent to you by the Title IX investigator by either contacting the Title IX investigator or Dr. Lynette Merriman in University Support and Advocacy. You can also access our list of trained Respondent advisors.
  4. If you would like interim supportive measures contact the Title IX Coordinator or notify the Title IX investigator. For more information see supportive and protective interim measures in the Student Misconduct policy.
  5. Call a trusted friend, family member or someone else who can provide support.
  6. Evidence to gather: As soon as you are notified of an investigation, certain information should be gathered before too much time elapses, so that you may submit it to the Title IX investigator. For example you might consider saving text messages, Facebook postings, emails, or voicemail messages that might prove relevant. If you have already deleted text messages, they might also be retrieved from your mobile phone company if you make the request during the current billing cycle. It can also be helpful to write down the names (or descriptions, if you do not have names) of possible witnesses, in case you later forget this information.