Composition and Purpose of the Board
- Composition of the Board: The Board will be composed of three (3) impartial and trained, professional staff members of the University community. The Title IX Coordinator (or designee) designates one Board member to serve as the presiding chair of the Board (the “Board Chair”). Board member training is provided at least annually on issues including, but not limited to, dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking; how to conduct investigations and hearings; protecting the safety of all individuals involved, and promoting accountability.
- Challenge of Board Member: A Complainant or Responding Party wishing to challenge the participation of any Board member must notify the Board Chair and the Title IX Coordinator (or designee) in writing, stating the reason(s) for the party’s objection. Such a challenge must be made in writing and delivered to the Board Chair and the Title IX Coordinator at 2083 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrenceville, New Jersey 08648-3099, Moore Library Room 108, or by email within seven (7) calendar days of the mailing of the Notice of Charges to the Responding Party and Complainant in the manner set forth in the Notice of Charges section. Except with respect to challenges to the participation of the Board Chair, the Board Chair determines whether the challenge has merit and reserves sole discretion to make changes in the Board’s composition at all times. In the event of a challenge to the participation of the Board Chair, the Title IX Coordinator (or designee) determines whether the challenge has merit and reserves sole discretion to appoint another Board member or other person as the Board Chair for a given hearing.
- Conduct of the Board: The Board will seek to encourage an open exchange of information within the rules of confidentiality articulated in these procedures. While the Board’s procedures are designed to ensure due process for the Complainant and Responding Party, the Board is not bound by the rules of criminal or civil procedures that govern judicial proceedings in court. Board members will serve as impartial fact finders and not as advocates for either the Complainant or Responding Party. Once an individual has been named to the Board, they may not privately discuss the facts or merits of the case with the Complainant or Responding Party or with anyone acting on behalf of either the Complainant or Responding Party. The Board Chair will provide Board members with a copy of the Notice of Charges, the Investigation Report, the incident report, written statements, and list of witnesses and documents or other evidence submitted by the Complainant and Responding Party in advance of the hearing date.