G-28-6 Conflict of Interest
When investigating alleged discrimination or sexual harassment concerns, the College will make all attempts to avoid any conflict of interest between personnel involved as investigators, advocates, or hearings officers and those listed in the report. For purposes of this policy, conflict of interest is defined as when an individual has a personal connection to those involved in a report of discrimination (e.g., instructor or supervisor of the reporter or respondent) that could compromise their ability to carry out their role free of bias towards either party.
Decisions about potential conflict will be made by the Vice President of Student Affairs/Title IX Coordinator and/or the Chief Human Resources Officer. If a situation arises in which conflict cannot be avoided, the College may contract with an outside organization for assistance. If a situation arises in which the Vice President of Student Affairs/Title IX Coordinator and/or the Chief Human Resources Officer are involved, the situation will go to the President to appoint appropriate staff to investigate the concerns.