Conflict Resolution

The Title IX Coordinator or designee will determine if conflict resolution is appropriate, based on the willingness of the parties, the nature of the conduct.  Conflict resolution is often used for less serious, yet inappropriate, behaviors and is encouraged as an alternative to the formal hearing process to resolve conflicts.  In a conflict resolution meeting, an ERP member will facilitate a dialogue with the parties to an effective resolution, if possible.  Sanctions are not possible as the result of a conflict resolution process, though the parties may agree to appropriate remedies.  The Title IX Coordinator or designee will keep records of any resolution that is reached, and failure to abide by the accord can result in appropriate responsive actions. 

Conflict resolution will not be the primary resolution mechanism used to address reports of sexual misconduct or violent behavior of any kind or in other cases of serious violations of policy, though it may be made available after the formal process is completed should the parties and the Title IX Coordinator or designee believe that it could be beneficial.  It is not necessary to pursue conflict resolution first in order to make a formal ERP report, and anyone participating in conflict resolution can stop that process at any time and request a formal hearing.