N-2-8 Advisor of Choice

Title IX requires that all complainants and respondents have an advisor present during the investigation, hearings, and appeals processes. Parties can opt for their own advisor or select from a pool of COCC-trained advisors; if a party does not do so, the meeting will be paused and an advisor automatically assigned.

The role of the advisor is to primarily advise parties on the process, help parties track information, advise parties on their rights, and if a COCC-trained advisor, refer parties to on- and off-campus supports. In all cases, the advisor should not have information that may inform the investigation. The advisor is not permitted to speak during the meetings associated with this process, with the exception that they are the only party allowed to cross-examine others during a hearing.