Complainant FAQ

How do I make a formal report?

You can submit a formal report by email to the Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Title IX Coordinator . An electronic signature or actual signature is required.

Do I have to participate in the investigation?

No, you are not required to participate in an investigation but if you do not participate, it may limit the school's ability to proceed with an investigation. 

Do I have to share my story? 

NCSSM will take steps to reduce the amount of times that you share your story, and there are a variety of ways in which your perspective can be shared. You do not have to share your story if you don’t feel comfortable doing so; however, it may be necessary if you wish to file a complaint and/or move forward with an administrative process.

I don't want the respondent to be able to have any contact with me. What should I do?

We can issue a No Contact Order between the respondent and you. This will prohibit the respondent from having any contact with you in person, via phone, or online. It will also prohibit unwanted contact from third parties (such as a respondent’s friend contacting you on their behalf). The No Contact Order is designed to separate the parties involved and is issued to both parties.

What will my parents be told about the incident?

If you decide to make a formal report, your family will be copied on all official Advocate emails about the incident. The Title IX Counselor will work with you prior to any official emails being sent to assist you in talking to your family. The NCSSM Counseling Department is also available to help students have conversations with their families. Part of the standard process in any discipline process at NCSSM is a phone call notification to families due to the age of our student population. 

Who will know about my complaint?

Your support team (Community Coordinator, Counselor, and Advisor) will be copied on all official Advocate emails about the incident. Administrators are also copied on Advocate emails. Your teachers will not be informed of your complaint. If you find that you need additional academic support or any specific accommodations, the Title IX Coordinator/Deputy Coordinator and/or your counselor will make those requests without sharing information about the complaint.

Will there be a hearing?

It depends on the investigation and the information uncovered. If there are charges, yes, a hearing will take place. 

Do I have to be at the hearing?

Due to the requirement that a complainant and respondent be available for questions, if a complainant does not wish to participate in the conduct process or hearing, it may limit the school’s ability to respond to the reported behavior.

Will students be involved in the hearing?

No, in cases that involve sexual violence or harassment, students are not part of the hearing board. 

Is a hearing like a courtroom drama?

No. Since this is not a criminal process, what occurs here is not like what you see on TV. It’s important for you to know that you will be treated with respect throughout the process. Although attorneys and advisors are permitted all questions will be directed to the hearing board, who will filter the questions to make sure that they are relevant and appropriate. There is no direct cross examination or direct dialog between parties and parties are in separate spaces. It is the expectation that all parties participate in a manner that is civil and respectful.

How should I prepare for a hearing?

You should familiarize yourself with the Title IX Institutional Policy and the Student Handbook. You will receive the investigative report and all statements gathered prior to the hearing. You will also have a chance to ask additional questions through the Title IX Coordinator/ Deputy Coordinator prior to the hearing after reviewing all of the investigatory material. If you have additional questions, please bring them to the hearing.

What information will I receive about the investigation?

You will receive the investigative report and all statements gathered prior to the hearing.

Will I be notified about the outcome of a hearing?

Yes, the Hearing Board will provide the outcome and rationale for any findings and sanctions for the hearing.

Can I appeal the decision?

Yes, you can appeal the outcome of the hearing. You will receive information about appeals with the hearing outcome letter. Information about appeals can also be found in the Title IX Institutional Policy. 



Ask our Title IX Office: titleix@ncssm.edu