University-driven Formal Complaint

Under interim USU policies and procedures 339339A, and 339B, if a claimant (individual who allegedly experienced sexual misconduct) chooses not to participate in the Office of Equity process, or the incident report is anonymous, in some cases (including when the university safety risk panel has determined there is a safety risk to the campus community), the office may still proceed with a university-driven formal complaint.

When possible, the office will inform the claimant that they are proceeding with a university-driven formal complaint. Whenever the Office of Equity proceeds with a university-driven formal complaint, it must share the claimant’s name and the details of the alleged sexual misconduct with the respondent (the person who allegedly engaged in the sexual misconduct).

A claimant is entitled to receive supportive measures whether or not they participate in the university-driven process.

A claimant is not required to participate in the university-driven process. However, if they want to, they can provide information as a witness in a university-driven investigation. 

If a claimant chooses to participate as a witness:

When the Office of Equity proceeds with a university-driven formal complaint, the USU Title IX Coordinator will sign the formal complaint and the office will proceed with a university-driven formal investigation.