Glossary

Advisor A person chosen by a party or appointed by the institution to accompany the party to meetings related to the resolution process, to advise the party on that process, and to conduct cross-examination for the party at the hearing, if any.  
Complainant An individual who is alleged to be the victim of conduct that could constitute harassment or discrimination based on a protected class; or retaliation for engaging in a protected activity.  
Complaint (formal) A document signed by a Complainant or signed by the Title IX Coordinator alleging harassment or discrimination based on a protected class or retaliation for engaging in a protected activity against a Respondent and requesting that Wake Technical Community College investigates the allegation.  
Day A business day when the College is in normal operation.  
Directly Related Evidence   Evidence connected to the complaint, but is neither inculpatory (tending to prove a violation) nor exculpatory (tending to disprove a violation) and will not be relied upon by the investigation report.
Confidential Resource An employee who is not a Mandated Reporter of notice of harassment, discrimination, and/or retaliation, irrespective of Clery Act Campus Security Authority status.  
Education program or activity Locations, events, or circumstances where the  College exercises substantial control over both the Respondent and the context in which the sexual harassment or discrimination occurs and also includes any building owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized the College.  
Final Determination A conclusion by the standard of proof that the alleged conduct did or did not violate policy.  
Finding                        A conclusion by the standard of proof that the conduct did or did not occur as alleged as in a “finding of fact”).  
Formal Grievance Process “Process A,” a method of formal resolution designated by the College to address conduct that falls within the policies included below, and which complies with the requirements of the Title IX regulations (34 CFR §106.45).  
Grievance Process Pool                         Any investigators, hearing officers, appeal officers, and Advisors who may perform any or all of these roles (though not at the same time or with respect to the same case).  
Hearing Decision-maker or Panel Those who have decision-making and sanctioning authority within the College’s Formal Grievance process.  
Investigator The person or persons charged by the College with gathering facts about an alleged violation of this Policy, assessing relevance and credibility, synthesizing the evidence, and compiling this information into an investigation report and file of directly related evidence.  
Mandated Reporter An employee of the College who is obligated by policy to share knowledge, notice, and/or reports of harassment, discrimination, and/or retaliation with the Title IX Coordinator and/or their supervisor.   
Notice An employee, student, or third-party informs the Title IX Coordinator or other Official with Authority of the alleged occurrence of harassing, discriminatory, and/or retaliatory conduct.  
Official with Authority (OWA) An employee of the College explicitly vested with the responsibility to implement corrective measures for harassment, discrimination, and/or retaliation on behalf of the College.  
Parties The Complainant(s) and Respondent(s), collectively.  
Process A The Formal Grievance Process detailed below and defined above.  
Process B The administrative resolution procedures as detailed in Appendix D that apply only when Process A does not, as determination by the Title IX Coordinator.   
Relevant Evidence Evidence that tends to prove or disprove an issue in the complaint.  
Remedies Post-finding actions directed to the Complainant and/or the community as mechanisms to address safety, prevent recurrence, and restore access to Wake Technical Community College’s educational program.  
Respondent An individual who has been reported to be the perpetrator of conduct that could constitute harassment or discrimination based on a protected class; or retaliation for engaging in a protected activity.  
Resolution The result of an informal or Formal Grievance Process.  
Sanction A consequence imposed by the College on a Respondent who is found to have violated this policy.  
Sexual Harassment The umbrella category including the offenses of sexual harassment, sexual assault, stalking, and dating violence and domestic violence. See Section 17.b., for greater detail.  
Title IX Coordinator At least one official designated by Wake Technical Community College to ensure compliance with Title IX and the College’s Title IX program. References to the Coordinator throughout this policy may also encompass a designee of the Coordinator for specific tasks.  
Title IX Team The Title IX Coordinator, Deputy Coordinators, Investigators, and any member of the Grievance Process Pool.