All universities should create and use a document to share with students that explains what students should expect from the complaint process. At a minimum, it should include an overview of the university's sexual harassment policy, the investigation process, relevant timelines, the legal standard that must be applied to the investigation, and issues related to confidentiality, as well as expectations regarding notification of case status updates and outcomes.
The Center for Student Conduct and the Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination have updated flowcharts to include information on relevant timelines, legal standards for investigations, and expectations regarding status updates.
Flowchart document created with input from students now being distributed to all students participating in the complaint process. Complainants are also given survivor checklist and resource flyers.
UC Berkeley has created a flowchart document and survivor checklist that incorporates several of the items identified in our recommendations. However, UC Berkeley needs to ensure these documents include information on relevant timelines, the legal standard that must be applied to the investigation, and expectations regarding status updates.
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