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Initiating the Community Standards Process

In order to initiate the community standards process, the Office of Community Standards & Integrity must receive a complaint or report that substantiates the facts and circumstances associated with any alleged violation(s) of community standards by a Carnegie Mellon student. The initial information for the complaint or report may be provided by a student, faculty, staff member, or non-affiliate directly to the Office of Community Standards & Integrity or via the following:

The Office of Community Standards & Integrity has the authority to review and adjudicate all violations of university standards, policies and regulations that involve students. The university community standards process may not be used for the adjudication of cases involving the relationships or interactions between two parties that do not involve alleged violations of community standards that make the university a party to them.

As needed the Resolution Review Board (RRB) is empowered to review initial complaints and determine whether there is a reasonable basis for resolution via the community standards process.  When reviewing a complaint, the Resolution Review Board will consider if the described behavior could violate a University policy or community standard if shown to be true. The RRB may determine the described behavior does not constitute a violation of community standards or the complaint does not contain enough information to make such a determination and may request additional information or further investigation. The RRB may dismiss a complaint when it is determined there is no reasonable basis for resolution via the community standards process.

Student organizations, as members of the academic community, are expected to uphold university policies and community standards. Alleged violations of community standards associated with student organization activities may be reviewed through the community standards process. Individual students may be held accountable through the community standards process separate from any sanctions imposed on an organization found responsible for violating community standards.

The All Greek Community Standards Board (AGCSB) responds to alleged violations of council policies by fraternities and sororities that are members of the Interfraternity Council (IFC), Multicultural Greek Council (MGC), National Pan-Hellenic Council, Inc. (NPHC), and the Panhellenic Council (PHC). The All Greek Community Standards Board promotes accountability and encourages shared governance of organizations within the Carnegie Mellon community.

Additional information about the All Greek Community Standards Board is provided by the Office of Student Leadership, Involvement, and Civic Engagement.

Withdrawal of a Complaint

Generally,when pending allegations are withdrawn by the complainant, the allegations may not be refiled unless new information becomes available that was not previously available.  The refiled complaint will be reviewed by the Resolution Review Board to determine if the allegations should move forward based on the current circumstances.  For allegations of sexual misconduct involving student respondents under Section VI.E of the sexual misconduct policy (i.e. Other Prohibited Conduct), this withdrawal of complaint rule applies only after the final investigative report is provided to the Office of Community Standards and Integrity for adjudication through the community standards process.  

Engagement Expectations

It is an expectation that students involved in the community standards process make a good faith effort to participate and bring the matter to resolution.

If a Complainant ceases to engage in the resolution process, the Resolution Review Board may elect to dismiss the allegations or the RRB may allow the allegations to proceed with a university official serving as the Complainant.  Allegations dismissed by RRB may not be refiled by the Complainant unless new information is available that was not previously available.

If a Respondent ceases to participate in the process, the university may proceed to make a determination via Administrative Resolution or schedule and conduct a University Disciplinary Committee without that student's participation.

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