Formal Investigation and Hearing Process and Procedures
The Director of Community Rights and Responsibilities ensures that CalArts responds to all reports of misconduct and retaliation in a timely, effective and consistent manner. The responding team is trained to coordinate the review, investigation and resolution of all reports to ensure consistent responsiveness. Team members pursue interim remedies and accommodations to support the people involved, to protect the CalArts community and to build a culture of respect and accountability.
The Institute recognizes that reporting allegations of sexual misconduct — or not — is a personal decision, and that there are many barriers, both individual and societal, to reporting. Not every individual will be prepared to make a report to CalArts or to law enforcement, and individuals are not expected or required to pursue any specific course of action.
Complainants have specific rights at CalArts, including the rights to be treated with dignity and to receive support where available; to be free of any suggestion that they’re at fault for conduct violations; and to describe alleged misconduct to as few CalArts representatives as practicable. Complainants may choose to report to local law enforcement or state police instead of reporting to the Institute. Further, complainants have a right to be free from retaliation, to have an impartial investigation and to have an advisor of their choosing.
Upon receipt of a report, CalArts may impose reasonable and appropriate supportive measures designed to eliminate the hostile environment throughout the investigation. Supportive measures are available to both the complainant and the respondent. The Institute maintains consistent contact with the parties to ensure that all safety, emotional and physical well-being concerns are addressed. Supportive measures may be provided regardless of whether formal conduct charges or corrective actions are sought by the complainant or the Institute.
Early in the review process, the Title IX Coordinator schedules an intake meeting with the complainant. The goal there is to provide the complainant a general understanding of the policy and process; determine if the complainant wishes to address the matter through the process available at the Institute; and to identify forms of support available and appropriate for the complainant.