A complainant (alleged to be the victim of the alleged conduct) and respondent (reported to be the perpetrator of the alleged conduct) have the following rights and options during a grievance process:
- To be informed of and have access to counseling, medical, academic, and other applicable support services, including confidential resources.
- To be informed of the importance of a victim going to a hospital for treatment and the preservation of evidence, if applicable, as soon as practicable after an alleged incident.
- To be informed of a notice of a formal complaint to the University, whether filed by a complainant or the Title IX Coordinator.
- To receive a prompt, fair, equitable, and impartial grievance process.
- To receive information and ask questions about the formal and informal processes available.
- To be given equal chance to participate in a grievance process, including the opportunity to identify witnesses and other relevant evidence.
- To choose not to actively participate in the grievance process, if desired.
- To have an advisor of choice present during all meetings and grievance proceedings.
- To have an advisor provided for a party at a hearing under the Title IX grievance process, if an advisor of choice is not present.
- To have access and equal opportunity to inspect and review any evidence obtained as part of the investigation, and to receive a copy of the completed investigation report.
- To be equally informed of any determinations regarding responsibility, dismissals of formal complaints, and/or a party’s filing of an appeal.
- To appeal a determination regarding responsibility and/or dismissals of formal complaints.
- To file a report with local and/or campus law enforcement authorities.
In addition, a complainant has the following rights and options:
- To report an incident and/or file a formal complaint with the University.
- To request in writing that the University not investigate a reported incident and be informed of the University’s decision whether or not to investigate.
- To request in writing a dismissal of a formal complaint (e.g. withdraws the formal complaint or any allegations therein).
To discuss your rights and options further at MD Anderson Cancer Center, please contact the Title IX Coordinator:
Title IX Coordinator and Institution’s Clery Officer
Director of EEO & HR Regulations and Title IX Coordinator