FAQ

How long does the whole process take?

It depends on the number of witnesses. If the proceeding involves a single witness, it is reasonable to assume that the it will be completed quickly, within a few weeks. The University will endeavor to expedite the proceedings. If there are many witnesses, the process may take longer. The University will make every effort to help you cope with the process.

Can I be represented on the disciplinary tribunal?

As a victim, you have no official status in the disciplinary proceedings. It is the University, as an employer, who prosecutes the defendant. For this reason, you do not need legal representation. You may be present throughout the proceedings and if you do wish to be represented, you may bring an escort or a representative on your behalf, but they may not take an active part in the proceedings.

Can I be represented on the disciplinary tribunal?

As a victim, you have no official status in the disciplinary proceedings. It is the University, as an employer, who prosecutes the defendant. For this reason, you do not need legal representation. You may be present throughout the proceedings and if you do wish to be represented, you may bring an escort or a representative on your behalf, but they may not take an active part in the proceedings.

Who are the judges on the disciplinary tribunal?

The disciplinary tribunal of the academic staff is comprised of two members of the academic staff and one external individual, sometimes an attorney.

The disciplinary tribunal of the administrative staff is comprised of three external individuals, one of whom is an attorney.

The disciplinary tribunal of the students is comprised of one member of the academic staff or a panel of three, including an external representative.

In cases of sexual harassment, at least one woman shall serve on the panel of the disciplinary tribunal, whenever possible.

• Can a "plea bargain" be made so that I don't have to testify? It is very difficult for me to recount this affair again and sit through the disciplinary tribunal hearing

This depends to a large extent on how the disciplinary proceedings develop. Sometimes the defendant is prepared to confess to the offense and seeks to make a deal in which the prosecutor usually agrees to a reduced punishment. (Details of the penalties can be found in the various disciplinary regulations). If the parties are willing to reach a plea bargain, you will, of course, be invited to express your opinion, which will be taken into account before the deal is finalized.

Remember, we have a common goal: to help you cope with the harassment and its consequences, taking into consideration your needs and wishes; to prevent the harasser from continuing to harass in the future and to create a safe and respectful environment on campus