- The procedure for an investigation will normally be as follows, but may be adapted by the investigator to meet the needs of the case:-
a) The investigator will meet the complainant to confirm the details of the complaint.
b) The complaint as clarified will be forwarded to the person complained against together with any other relevant material that the investigator has.
c) The investigator will meet the person complained against to hear that person’s response to the complaint and any further evidence that has come to light.
d) The investigator will interview, where reasonably practicable, individuals identified as having relevant evidence.
e) Having considered all the evidence, including any relevant documents, the investigator will prepare a written report of their findings, in relation to which the investigator may check relevant sections in draft with the parties before finalising.
f) The report will be forwarded to the head of department, usually with a copy to the Director of Human Resources, and, if the complainant is a student, normally to the Director of Student Welfare and Support Services. In cases involving students, consent should be sought from the complainant to inform the complainant’s college if appropriate. The Director of Student Welfare and Support Services will ensure that appropriate support is available to students following an investigation.