Steps to Take
If you or someone you know is the subject of illegal harassment or discrimination, you don't have to take it or deal with it alone.
Meet with a member of the Compliance, Diversity, and Ethics team to talk about your options. Mason has a process in place to administer and enforce university policies, and federal and state laws. We will investigate and determine if further action is necessary.
If You Have a Complaint
Fill out an intake form, email the CDE office or call 703-993-8730. After the complaint is received, you can meet with a CDE representative who will make a threshold determination as to whether the allegation(s) in the complaint can be verified and constitute a violation of university policy. This determination will be made within 10 business days of the complaint's filing.
You have the right to bring an advisor to the investigative meeting if you submit the name of the advisor in writing to CDE at least 72 hours prior to the meeting. If the advisor has a law degree or is qualified in law, CDE must be notified.
For the complete grievance procedure, including time frames and appeal process, read the EO/AA Grievance Procedure Document (PDF). This procedure applies to all Mason faculty, staff, students, university contractors, vendors, and visitors.
If You've Been Accused
The respondent has the right to bring an advisor to the investigative meeting if they submit the name of the advisor in writing to CDE at least 72 hours prior to the meeting. If the advisor has a law degree or is qualified in law, you must notify CDE.
The Responding Party (the individual accused of discrimination) will be notified of the complaint within 10 working days after it is filed. A CDE representative will meet with you to present the allegations made against you. At that time, you may also provide any additional information you would like to have considered regarding the matter.
If You Face Retaliation
CDE investigates and resolves allegations of retaliation against individuals who have raised claims of discrimination based on the above factors or who have cooperated in an investigative process in some manner. Retaliation is a negative action taken against an individual as a result of a complaint being filed or after an individual has cooperated with an investigative process. No agent, employee or student of the university may harass, coerce, intimidate, or discriminate against an individual who has filed an Equal Opportunity complaint or participated in the Equal Opportunity complaint resolution process.
If You're Unhappy with the Results of the Investigation
You can appeal in writing to the Vice President of CDE within 10 working days of a decision. You can also appeal based on discovery of new evidence that was previously unavailable or based on a significant irregularity in the procedural process that could affect the outcome. General dissatisfaction with the decision is not sufficient. The determination of CDE's vice president is final.
If You Want Outside Advice
Mason students, faculty and staff have resources available on the local, state and federal level.