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Office of Institutional Equity

Office of Institutional Equity
103 Edwards Hall
1810 Kerr Drive
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506

785-532-6220
TTY or TRS: 711
equity@k-state.edu

Information for Respondents

Respondent(s): Refers to any individual, group or organization who has been reported to be violating PPM 3010. Witness(es) refers to any person with direct or indirect knowledge of the allegation(s) of prohibited conduct made in a complaint or report.

Students and Employees

OIE is Neutral

Our investigators do not take sides. We are committed to providing a prompt, thorough, and fair review, and our investigations are focused on the available information. We can also help you as either the Complaining Party or the Respondent by providing information about support and advocacy services.

Support Person

See Frequently Asked Questions.

For Student Respondents:  The Office of Student Life (OSL) has professional staff members available to assist in the role support person or to provide academic support. This service may be obtained by contacting 785-532-6432. The OSL can also help identify additional resources for support as well as work with you during the investigation process and thereafter as needed.

Confidentiality and Privacy

See Frequently Asked Questions.

Interviewing the Parties

Typically, the investigators' first step will be to meet with the complainant in order to fully understand the allegations. After the investigators understand the nature and scope of the allegations, as the Respondent, you will be asked about the allegations and given a full and fair opportunity to respond. Both the Complainant and the Respondent are strongly encouraged to share all information, including documentation and names of witnesses, if any with the investigators. The Complainant and Respondent will not be present during each other’s interviews.

Gathering Other Information

The investigators interview witnesses and reviews all documentation deemed relevant to the situation. The investigators may also contact the parties with additional questions or to request additional information.

Case/Investigation Updates

You have the right to be informed of the status of your case/investigation through the Office of Institutional Equity. To request a status update, please email the investigators assigned to your case at equity@k-state.edu

ART Investigation Report

The investigators/Administrative Review Team (ART) will consider all information gathered during an investigation and prepare a report, which will be shared with the Deciding Administrator. The report is not shared with the witnesses. The ART makes findings and recommendations as to whether a violation of the Policy occurred and, if so, recommends sanctions.

Retaliation

See Frequently Asked Questions.

Questions

If you have any other questions about the investigation or investigation process, please do not hesitate to contact the Office of Institutional Equity (OIE) at 785-532-6220 or equity@k-state.edu.

For more information, see Title IX.