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Confidential and Impartial Resolution Resources

CAIR is...

Your source for confidential information and conflict resolution under the University Policy Prohibiting Discrimination, Harassment, Retaliation and Sexual Misconduct.
  • Have you been harassed, sexually assaulted or discriminated against?
  • Have you been accused of violating the University policy prohibiting such conduct

CAIR Resources can help. CAIR Resources can...

  • Assist you in understanding the University Policy Prohibiting Discrimination, Harassment and Sexual Misconduct.
  • Explain your options for informal or formal resolution of complaints of harassment or discrimination.
  • Facilitate mutually desired communication between those who feel they have been subjected to harassing or discriminatory conduct, and those accused of that conduct.
  • Provide confidential dispute resolution services for those who jointly seek an alternative to formal disciplinary investigation and proceedings.

If requested, CAIR Resources may...

  • receive reports from students who are concerned about conduct that may violate the University's policy
  • receive reports from students who are concerned about accusations that have been made regarding possible violations of the University's policy
  • take an oral or written statement from a complainant
  • contact the respondent, and either take that person's oral or written statement or refer that person to another CAIR Resource assist with the informal resolution of a complaint
  • assist in initiating professional mediation
  • assist in initiating a formal hearing via the SFHB
  • inform students about how to file charges with local law enforcement authorities
  • inform students about local support services (e.g. counseling, health care)
  • work with Designated Officers (resources for the University policy governing faculty and staff) as needed in informally resolving complaints against faculty & staff.

Informal complaint resolution can take many forms, and could include the CAIR Resource:

  • receiving a report or complaint without taking further action
  • speaking to a respondent on behalf of a complainant
  • performing shuttle diplomacy between a complainant and respondent
  • guiding a mediated discussion between a complainant and respondent

Informal Resolution attempts do NOT eliminate other options under our policy, such as:

  • working with a University mediator
  • taking a case to the SFHB

Note that the CAIR program does not require that a complainant and a respondent rely upon the same CAIR Resource. A respondent may choose his or her own CAIR Resource to aid him or her in understanding and responding to a complaint. In an effort to ensure that all students have access to a CAIR Resource with whom they will feel comfortable, the President of the University has invited a diverse group of individuals to serve as CAIR Resources (men, women, members of underrepresented groups, faculty, staff).


CAIR RESOURCE / DESIGNATED OFFICER REPORT FORM