After the filing of a formal complaint, and throughout the course of an investigation, a college will make available to the parties an informal resolution process that could potentially resolve a formal complaint.
MCCCD provides trained mediators to assist in the informal resolution process. Only Title IX trained mediators are permitted to facilitate a Title IX Informal Resolution process.
Informal resolution may occur at any time prior to the college reaching a determination regarding responsibility.
Both parties must provide informed, written, voluntary consent to attempt informal resolution of a formal complaint.
Informal resolution is an option in all cases except those related to allegations that an employee sexually harassed a student.
If the parties do consent to informal resolution, the college must provide the parties with written notice disclosing:
- The allegations of the complaint
- Requirements of the informal resolution process
- The resolution process may resolve the matter; If it does, the parties will be sent a letter outlining such resolution
- What elements of the process will remain confidential (or not confidential) if the parties choose to participate
At any time prior to agreeing to a resolution, either party has the right to withdraw from the informal resolution process and resume the formal grievance process.
For a complete list of MCCCD Trained Title IX Mediators, please visit: MCCCD List of Trained Mediators.
Mediators that participate in the informal resolution of a case may not participate in any other capacity (e.g. advisors, investigators, etc.)
All Title IX mediators have completed training regarding the Title IX grievance process and also mediation training.