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Respondent resources

Navigating the student conduct process can be a complicated and challenging experience for students.  The University understands the strain a conduct process can place on students’ academic, work, and social lives, and wants them to feel confident that they fully comprehend and are able to navigate the system.

Student Engagement offers support and information to students named as respondents in a student conduct proceeding, including matters being investigated by the Title IX Investigation Office.  A member of the Student Engagement team will meet with respondents throughout the process to help provide support. During meetings, our staff will meet with respondents one-on-one to discuss:

  • Their rights in the process
  • Considerations for navigating the process, including no contact orders, academic advocacy, and other interim measures
  • How to complete forms and letters
  • What to expect in an investigative interview and/or full hearing
  • How to prepare for their hearings

While our staff is not a confidential resource and will not advocate for the respondent during the process, we will work to ensure that respondents are prepared for the process. If a full hearing is initiated, we will help the respondent prepare for the prehearing conference and we will attend the prehearing conference with them. Additionally, we are available to attend the full hearing with the respondent.

If you are interested in meeting with a member of the Student Engagement staff to discuss respondent resources, please contact us at 253-692-4901 or via email at

Student Engagement

Box 358402