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Investigations

Forged in Inquiry

For over 200 years, Pitt has been driven by the search. By the rush that comes from connecting dots and seeing ideas converge. Our investigations are no different. We are driven by curiosity and doing better. We embrace each setback as fuel for something greater.

Investigative Procedure Overview

Step One: Referral and Initial Inquiry

  • Referral from the Pitt Concern Connection or University department, school or office
  • Analysis: After an initial inquiry, the CIE office will evaluate the allegations in the context of existing University policies to either recommend further investigation or an alternate resolution

Step Two: Investigation

  • Conducted by the CIE Office, often in collaboration with other University partners
  • The CIE Office will interview witnesses and gather relevant evidence 
  • Confidentiality and non-retaliation are essential components of the investigative process

Step Three: Final Report and Outcomes

  • The CIE Office creates a formal report of investigation, which includes recording of found facts and conclusions regarding whether it is morel likely than not that University policy was violated
  • The CIE Office tracks outcomes as an essential part of ongoing compliance monitoring
Investigator Training

CIE investigators are guided by the desire to connect the dots and uncover the facts. Importantly, our investigators are also mindful of the ethical responsibilities of their positions and adhere to their own code of conduct.

Required Training

Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs and requires that all investigators receive training in the following areas, which all CIE investigators completed as of the implementation of the updated regulations in 2020:

  • the definition of sexual harassment
  • how to investigate
  • how to conduct impartial investigations by avoiding pre-judgement of the facts at issue
  • conflicts of interest
  • bias
  • issues of relevance

Additional Training 

In addition to the required trainings, all CIE investigators complete training concerning:

  • reporting consent
  • supporting survivors
  • defining abuse
  • disclosures of sexual violence
  • supporting trans and non-binary community members
  • conducting remote interviews
  • advanced Title IX training
  • conducting workplace investigations (recurring annually)