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2020 Regulations FAQs

We currently use and will continue to use the preponderance of the evidence standard.

Yes, we will incorporate the mandatory definitions from the Title IX regulations including rape, fondling, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking and we will also continue to address sexual exploitation and retaliation.

Yes, we will still address sexual harassment occurring in our campus community that takes place inside and outside of academic programs and activities, both on and off campus.

In the cases where it is allowed, informal resolution can only be considered if both the complainant and respondent agree to participate.

No one can force a party into an informal resolution and if at any time either party determines they want to go back to the formal process, they can. The University cannot facilitate an informal resolution without that agreement.

The University of Tennessee mandatory reporters will remain the same.

We will continue to receive reports and make students aware of the available support measures, resources, and reporting options. In 2019, 75% of reports to the Office of Title IX came from faculty or staff. In 2018, 97% of reports started with a student sharing their concerns with a faculty or staff member.

The parties and witnesses are subject to cross examination in a formal hearing.

The parties are never allowed to directly question each other. Each question will be asked by an advisor to the party and prior to responding the hearing officer will make a determination if the question is relevant. If not, the person does not have to respond.

No, it must be in real time, but can be conducted remotely over the Internet (video and audio).

In mapping out the process we have incorporated the regulation timelines and will generally complete investigations in 65 days.

Each segment of the process is broken down in the policy.