What to expect when filing a Title IX Sexual Harassment Formal Complaint: Upon receipt of a Formal complaint, the Title IX Coordinator or a Deputy Title IX Coordinator will contact the Complainant with information on available resources. The Office of Equity will conduct an initial inquiry into the Formal Complaint to determine whether the allegations, if substantiated, would rise to the level of a violation of University Policy. If the conduct alleged in the Formal Complaint would not constitute a violation of theInterim Policy on Title IX Sexual Harassment even if proved, if it did not occur in Northwestern’s Education Program or Activities, did not occur against a person in the United States, or occurred prior to August 14, 2020, the Office of Equity will dismiss the Formal Complaint with regard to that conduct under theInterim Policy on Title IX Sexual Harassment. In the event of a dismissal, the Office of Equity will provide written notice of the dismissal to both parties, advising them of their right to appeal. If the conduct alleged in the Formal Complaint passes initial inquiry, the office will proceed with a formal investigation and hearing pursuant to theInterim Policy on Title IX Sexual Harassment.