Misconduct Charges and Student Conduct Procedures

Sexual Misconduct

Indiana University prohibits discrimination based on sex or gender, and all forms of sexual misconduct (which includes sexual harassment, sexual violence, dating violence, domestic violence, sexual exploitation and stalking.

For information about sexual violence, the university definition of consent, and for resources, click here.

For a complete description of University sexual misconduct procedures associated with sexual misconduct, please see the University Sexual Misconduct Policy (UA-03).

The investigation and determination of responsibility will generally be concluded within 60 days of the report, absent special circumstances.

How do I report an incident of sexual misconduct?

Any person (including, but not limited to police, IU officials, residence hall staff, and students) may report alleged violations of sexual misconduct. For reporting options on the Bloomington campus, visit stopsexualviolence.iu.edu.

How will I find out if I have been accused of sexual misconduct?

You will receive a letter outlining the alleged violations and scheduling a date for an initial investigative meeting with the Office of Student Conduct. During this meeting and subsequent meetings, you will hear a detailed explanation of the campus sexual misconduct procedures and have an opportunity to discuss the incident and/or present information and witness names, view your investigation file, and ask questions regarding the case or procedures.

After the university completes an investigation (getting your account of the alleged incident, speaking with witnesses, reviewing any related documentation, etc.), a formal sexual misconduct hearing may be scheduled.

What happens at the sexual misconduct hearing?

A trained 3 person panel will conduct the hearing. All parties will have the opportunity to share information regarding the alleged incident, answer questions from the panel, and pose potential questions for consideration.  

Witnesses may be asked to attend a small portion of the conference to share information and answer potential questions. Following the conference, the panel will deliberate and determine responsibility based on a preponderance of the evidence.

If you are found responsible for violating the Code, appropriate sanctions will be applied. For additional information about potential sanctions, please review the University Sexual Misconduct Policy.

What if I feel the outcome is inappropriate?

All parties have the opportunity to appeal the decision by submitting a written appeal to the Dean of Students.