Are you a respondent in a Title IX investigation or adjudication? You may be feeling stress and worry over how to navigate this experience.

Respondent Support Services provides respondents with the holistic support needed to participate in a Title IX investigation or adjudication. Respondent Support Services can assist students in connecting to resources they need on and off campus, and can help them navigate policy and process. The goal of Respondent Support Services is to support engagement and understanding of the process, while also addressing emotional and academic wellbeing. 

Respondent Support Services can address questions, concerns, or issues, or accompany you to any meeting regarding all parts of your experience as a respondent, including: 

  • When you first receive the Notice of Investigation letter
  • Having your first interview with Title IX
  • Participating in an Alternative Resolution (AR)
  • Having your first meeting with a conduct officer
  • Needing clarification on sanctions and completion
  • Filing an appeal or contesting information
  • Reentry to UC Santa Cruz upon completion of a suspension

Respondent Support Services is a non-confidential resource, but they also are not involved in the adjudication or coordination of a specific case. Information shared with RSS is limited or are general referrals from outside staff, and students who work with the Respondent Support Services Coordinator are only asked to share information and documentation they are comfortable with. 

Respondent Support Services operates out of the Division of Student Affairs and Success.