Providence College Title IX Reporting Process
The Providence College Title IX Coordinator oversees the College’s response to all reports and complaints of sexual misconduct. Following a report or complaint of sexual misconduct, the College is required to conduct an adequate, reliable, impartial, equitable, and prompt investigation. Once a report has been received, the Title IX Coordinator will directly coordinate the College’s response to the report, or assign a Deputy Coordinator to manage that responsibility, for the parties.
The items listed below describe important elements of the Providence College Reporting Process. For a full explanation of the College’s policy and grievance resolution procedures, please see the information provided on our Policies page.
The Coordinator assigned to the case will schedule Intake Meetings with the complainant and respondent (if known). Coordinators have separate Intake Meetings with the complainant and the respondent (if known), provide them with an Intake Letter and a copy of the Sexual Misconduct or Relationship Violence Policy, review procedures, and inform them of available resources, support services, and options.
Coordinators serve as the primary point of contact with the complainant and respondent going forward, and will provide periodic status updates to them. The complainant will be notified when the respondent is made aware of the complaint. If a written No-Contact Directive is issued to the respondent, the complainant will be notified and will be provided with a copy of the Directive.
After meeting with the complainant, the College will decide what steps must be taken, considering all the information available at the time. When the complainant reports prohibited conduct and requests an investigation and disciplinary action, the Coordinator will promptly initiate the resolution process.
- If, due to lack of information or other compelling reasons, the College is unable to conduct a formal investigation, the complainant will be informed.
- Even if the College does not conduct a formal investigation, the College may take other steps to address and remediate the circumstances; these steps may include education and training, monitoring, systemic changes, interim and protective measures.
When the complainant reports prohibited conduct and requests anonymity (i.e., that no personally identifiable information be shared with the respondent), requests that an investigation not be conducted, and/or requests that no disciplinary action be taken, the College will seek to honor the complainant’s request(s) if it is possible to do so while also protecting the health and safety of the complainant and the College community. When the College determines that it cannot honor the complainant’s request(s), the Coordinator will notify the complainant that the College intends to proceed with an investigation to the extent possible, but that the complainant is not required to participate in the investigation or in any other actions or proceedings the College pursues.
Grievance Resolution Procedures
If the College decides to move forward with a formal investigation, the College will follow the appropriate grievance resolution procedures (Students, Staff/Administrators, Faculty). The grievance resolution procedures include information about interim measures (availability of supportive services), the role of the advisor, and rights provided to, and responsibilities of, complaints and respondents.
The standard of proof in the College’s Title IX proceedings for resolving complaints of sexual misconduct or relationship violence is the preponderance of evidence standard. The preponderance of evidence standard requires proving that it is more likely than not that sexual misconduct occurred.