While the University makes every attempt to keep the investigation confidential, complainant and witness names may not be protected from all involved parties. Moreover, to facilitate fairness towards the respondent, the University must also ensure that the respondent has a meaningful opportunity to provide their account of the events related to the allegation(s) and to comment on the relevant facts subsequently gathered during the investigation. Additionally, while materials and information collected during the course of the investigation are maintained in a confidential manner, they may be disclosed to appropriate administrators involved in the complaint process, on a strict “need to know” basis. Information may also be disclosed if required by law, rule, regulation, or court order.
The University has a compelling interest in protecting the integrity of its investigations. In every investigation, the University has a strong desire to protect parties and witnesses from retaliation, to keep evidence from being destroyed, to ensure that testimony is not fabricated or influenced, and to prevent a cover-up. In light of this, the University will investigate any claim of interference with an investigation and any individual found to have improperly interfered with an investigation will be subject to disciplinary action.