Who can be a Support Person
The complainant(s) and the respondent(s) each may have a Support Person present with them during the informal resolution and formal investigation processes to provide moral support and guidance. Support Persons must be identified to the Title IX Coordinator at least two business days before the date of the first investigators meeting, hearing panel, or appeal meeting by submitting a signed Title IX Support Person Obligating Affirmation and Acknowledgment Form.
The complainant(s) and the respondent(s) have the right to identify anyone to be their Support Person through the entire process. However, the University encourages you to consider the following:
- The Support Person cannot be another complainant, respondent, or witness in this investigation.
- A Support Person must keep confidential the information shared during meetings and throughout the investigation and resolution process.
- A Support Person needs to be someone you feel comfortable with knowing the details of the incident and someone you feel comfortable with being present as you recount sometimes explicit details.
- A Support Person needs to be someone who can assist you in understanding the University’s policies and procedures and help you identify questions that you may have throughout the process.
Can a Support Person be an Attorney
It is the complainant’s and respondent’s decision whether to seek the advice and assistance of an attorney, at their own expense, if they need legal advice. Although anyone has the right to seek legal advice, neither the complainant nor the respondent may be represented by legal counsel at investigatory interviews, hearing panel, or an appeal hearing. However, an attorney can serve as your Support Person adhering to the guidelines of a Support Person.
What is the role of a Support Person
- All Support Persons must closely review the University of Redlands Policy Prohibiting Discrimination, Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, and Retaliation (“Policy”) available online at www.redlands.edu/titleix. By accepting the role of Support Person, you agree to comply with the rules and processes set forth in the Policy and the procedures identified by the Title IX Office and all appropriate instructions by University Officials.
- A Support Person may not advocate for a party like an attorney would in court. In other words, the Support Person does not serve as an advocate or representative of a party and may not be actively involved in any of the proceedings.
- During meetings and proceedings, a party may confer with their Support Person. The party may request a short recess in the meeting or proceeding to do so, but before the recess, the party may be asked to answer any questions previously posed to them at the meeting or proceeding.
- The University reserves the right to dismiss a Support Person who is disruptive or who does not adhere to the limitations outlined.
- The Policy prohibits retaliation against any individuals filing a complaint of this nature or participating in the investigation of the complaint. As a Support Person you are protected by and subject to this retaliation prohibition. You may not retaliate against any person participating in this process. If you feel you are retaliated against for your participation, please contact the Title IX Coordinator, Erica Moorer via email at Erica_Moorer@redlands.edu,via phone at: 909-748-8916.
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