What are terms used in Title IX and Sexual Misconduct complaint and resolution process?
Complainant/ Respondent: Those bringing forward allegations are referred to as Complainants. Those responding to allegations are referred to as Respondents. There can be more than one Complainant, or more than one Respondent.
Parties: Sometimes Complainants and Respondents are referred to individually as “a party” or jointly as “the parties.”
Witnesses: Are Individuals who have direct experience with or knowledge of events, issues, or circumstances related to the investigation, and/or who the parties identify and want the investigator to speak to.