EAC | Title IX

The Investigative Process

Steps in the Investigation Process

All investigations are thorough, reliable, impartial, prompt, and fair. Investigations involve:

  1. Interviews with all relevant parties and witnesses
  2. Obtaining available, relevant evidence
  3. Identifying sources of expert information as necessary

Through the investigative process, all parties have a full and fair opportunity to:

  1. Suggest witnesses and questions
  2. Provide evidence and expert witnesses
  3. Fully review and respond to all evidence on the record

The Investigators typically take the following steps (not necessarily in this order):

Witnesses in the Investigation

Witnesses (as distinguished from the parties) who are employees of EAC are expected to cooperate with and participate in EAC’s investigation and resolution process. Failure of such witnesses to cooperate with and/or participate in the investigation or resolution process constitutes a violation of policy and may warrant discipline.

While in-person interviews for parties and all potential witnesses are ideal, circumstances (e.g., study abroad, winter break) may require individuals to be interviewed remotely. Skype, Zoom, FaceTime, WebEx, or similar technologies may be used for interviews if the Investigators determine that timeliness or efficiency dictate a need for remote interviewing. EAC will take appropriate steps to reasonably ensure the security/privacy of remote interviews.

Evidentiary Considerations in the Investigation

The investigation does not consider:

Investigations are not complete until both the Complainant and Respondent have had an opportunity to review the investigative file, which includes both the first and the second inspection and review of records has taken place.

Once the investigation is complete, the matter will be referred to a hearing.

Filing an External Discrimination Complaint

Eastern Arizona College encourages students to use the due process under the Title IX Sexual Harassment policy to resolve concerns. Students also have the right to file complaints with appropriate external agencies. No retaliation will be taken against any individual for filing a complaint with an external agency. The following agency accepts harassment/discrimination charges filed by, or on behalf of, students:

Office for Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Education
Denver Office
Cesar E. Chavez Memorial Building
1244 Speer Boulevard, Suite 310
Denver, Colorado 80204-3582
Phone: 303-844-5695
Fax: 303-844-4303
TDD: 303-844-3417
E-mail: OCR.Denver@ed.gov