Types of Grievances
The following options are available for addressing problems within Compliance, Diversity, and Ethics (CDE).
Informal: Discuss allegations and concerns with respondent (the accused) and attempt to resolve the situation. The respondent is reminded that George Mason University expects all to adhere to our equal opportunity policy. Respondent is put on notice that behavior has been questioned, and informal resolution sought, if possible. If attempts to resolve the situation are not successful, the complainant may pursue a formal complaint. The Office reserves the right to investigate any allegation brought forward if it finds sufficient information to indicate a serious or continuing violation of the equal opportunity policy.
Formal: The Complainant provides a summary of the nature of the allegation in writing and then a full investigation is conducted by CDE complete with written findings and, if a violation is found, corrective actions are taken.