I received a notice or request to meet
When a sexual violence case is referred to a Case Manager, the Case Manager will send a Notice of Investigation that provides information on the complaint and identifies the next steps in the process.
You need to read this notice carefully, as it may contain interim measures. Interim measures are not disciplinary and they do not represent a finding of misconduct. They are temporary measures needed to support the successful resolution of a case.
The notice of investigation will also include a summary of the allegations, inform you that you have a right to bring a support person to meetings, and provide instructions on how to request a reconsideration of the interim measures.
After you receive the notice of investigation, the Case Manager will reach out to you to set up an in-person meeting and interview. You have the option to provide a written response to the allegations prior to that meeting.
Check out Section 12 of the Policy on Sexual Violence Involving Queen's Students more information about the process to resolve cases of sexual violence.
How are sexual violence cases resolved?
Once an investigation has been completed by the Case Manager the case report is forwarded to the Assistant Dean, Support Services and Community Engagement to decide next steps. Next steps could include referring the case to an Adjudicator who will decide a formal resolution to the case, or it could include further meetings to determine if an informal resolution is possible.
What can the outcomes (i.e. sanctions) be?
A range of outcomes (i.e. sanctions) can be applied during the resolution of a Sexual Violence complaint. Among the factors that may be considered when determining appropriate outcomes (i.e. sanctions) are: the nature and severity of the incident; relevant aggravating and mitigating circumstances; and, the University’s role in providing a safe environment for those impacted by sexual violence and its role as an educational institution.
Outcomes (i.e. sanctions) may consist of a single requirement or may consist of a combination of requirements to be respected, completed, and/or met. Outcomes (i.e. sanctions) include, but are not limited to, those outlined in the Sexual Violence Policy and are tailored to the specific circumstances of each case. Those in authority determining outcomes (i.e. sanctions) strive to balance the particular needs of those who have been directly impacted with the University’s role in providing mechanisms of accountability and educating students on sexual violence and consent.
Outcomes (i.e. sanctions) such as a no contact order, a notice of prohibition from parts or all of campus, and required education on issues related to sexual violence are generally the most common components of an informal resolution agreement or formal decision.