Grievance Process Pool

The Formal Grievance Process relies on a pool of faculty, staff, and students (“the Pool”) to carry out the process. Panel members will consist of faculty, staff, and students. Investigators in the Office of Equity conduct all investigations. The university reserves the right to use trained external investigators. Members of the Pool are announced in an annual distribution of this policy to all students, parents/guardians of students, employees, prospective students, and prospective employees.They are also listed on the Office of Equity website.

Pool Member Roles

Members of the Pool are trained annually, and can serve in in the following roles, at the direction of the Title IX Coordinator:

  • To provide appropriate intake of and initial guidance pertaining to complaints
  • To act as an Advisor to the parties
  • To perform or assist with initial assessment
  • To investigate complaints
  • To serve as a hearing facilitator (process administrator, no decision-making role)
  • To serve as a Decision-maker regarding the complaint
  • To serve as an Appeal Decision-maker 

Pool Member Appointment

The Title IX Coordinator or designee appoints the investigator, panel members, and advisors which acts with independence and impartiality. While members of the Pool are typically trained in a variety of skill sets and can rotate amongst the different roles listed above in different cases, the university can also designate permanent roles for individuals in the Pool, using others as substitutes or to provide greater depth of experience when necessary. This process of role assignment may be the result of particular skills, aptitudes, or talents identified in members of the Pool that make them best suited to particular roles.

Pool Member Training

The Pool members receive annual training. This training includes, but is not limited to:

  • The scope of the University’s Discrimination and Harassment Policy and Procedures
  • How to conduct investigations and hearings that protect the safety of Complainants and Respondents, and promote accountability
  • Implicit bias
  • Disparate treatment and impact
  • Reporting, confidentiality, and privacy requirements
  • Applicable laws, regulations, and federal regulatory guidance
  • How to implement appropriate and situation-specific remedies
  • How to investigate in a thorough, reliable, and impartial manner
  • How to uphold fairness, equity, and due process
  • How to weigh evidence
  • How to conduct questioning
  • How to assess credibility
  • Impartiality and objectivity
  • How to render findings and generate clear, concise, evidence-based rationales
  • The definitions of all offenses
  • How to apply definitions used by the recipient with respect to consent (or the absence or negation of consent) consistently, impartially, and in accordance with policy
  • How to conduct an investigation and grievance process including hearings, appeals, and informal resolution processes
  • How to serve impartially by avoiding prejudgment of the facts at issue, conflicts of interest, and bias
  • Any technology to be used at a live hearing
  • Issues of relevance of questions and evidence
  • Issues of relevance to create an investigation report that fairly summarizes relevant evidence
  • How to determine appropriate sanctions in reference to all forms of harassment, discrimination, and/or retaliation allegations

Current Pool Members

Investigators

  • Amanda Boutton, JD
  • Carmen Guess, MEd
  • Elizabeth McNeil, JD
  • Daniel Nemeth-Neumann, JD

Hearing Facilitators

  • Darnell Parker, EdD
  • Rachel Hambrick

Hearing & Appeal Panel Members and Panel Chairs 

  • Rebecca Benard
  • Carlier Myers
  • Kristin Urig
  • Leena Palomo
  • Ricky Marcus
  • Jean Seneff
  • Sarah Polly
  • George O'Connell
  • Neda Farroqui
  • Robert Pesta
  • Jovon Jones
  • Kelly Marcus
  • Emily Coffey
  • Karen Abbott
  • Dawn Ellis
  • Spencer Kitchen
  • Sharan Mehta
  • Emily Szymanski
  • Alp Sehirlioglu

Advisers

  • Megan Carney
  • Jordan Harkless
  • Amie Jackson
  • Janée Kelly
  • Amanda McCarthy
  • Elizabeth Miller
  • Anthony Polito
  • Kathryn Schneider
  • Lea Shaw
  • Antonio Tate