Informal Resolution

Informal Resolution

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.