Office of the Provost

Investigating The Complaint

General Suggestions for Conducting Interviews

Guidelines for Specific Interviews

If a more formal investigation is needed, it is important that you take certain steps to thoroughly investigate the complaint, and, if a violation is found to have occurred, to take steps that are reasonably calculated to stop the harassing behavior.           

The most common mistakes in investigating complaints of harassment typically fall into one or more of the following categories:  (1) excessive delay in either starting or completing an investigation; (2) providing inadequate feedback to either the complaining party or the alleged harasser throughout the investigative process; (3) making unnecessary disclosures of confidential information; (4) a lack of thoroughness in the investigation; (5) failing to act on anonymous or third party complaints; and (6) failing to recognize the potential implication of First Amendment rights and academic freedom.           

The outline below is intended to help you through the investigative process of any complaint, whether harassment or discrimination, and to avoid the above mistakes.          

General Suggestions for Conducting Interview

Guidelines for Specific Interviews

The Complainant

The Alleged Harasser

Other Witnesses


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