4. Witnesses, Impact and Character Statements
Each party may submit a list of witnesses to the Title IX Coordinator or his/her designee up to 7 days prior to the hearing date. Character witnesses called by either party may be allowed at the Hearing Panel's discretion. If a party wishes to call as a witness an individual who was not interviewed in the course of the investigation, the party must provide in writing a rationale for including that witness. The Chair of the Hearing Panel, in consultation with the other members of the Hearing Panel, will determine whether that witness may be called, or will ask that the investigator interview the witness as well. If a witness cannot or feels that s/he should not appear during the hearing s/he must submit a short written explanation to the Title IX Coordinator at least 3 days prior to the hearing. The final approved witness list will be shared with the parties at least 2 days prior to the Hearing.
Both parties may prepare and present impact statements and letters attesting as to character in sealed envelopes to the Chair of the Hearing Panel at the outset of the hearing. These statements will be used solely by the Dean of Students for the purposes of determining any appropriate sanctions after the Hearing Panel concludes its deliberations.