Casual Hourly - University Investigator

Princeton, NJ
Jul 29, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Requisition # 2017-7832
Department Dean of Undergraduate Students
Category Student Affairs and Services
Date Posted 7/28/2017
Full-Time / Part-Time Temporary
Application Deadline 8/28/2017


The university investigator conducts investigations relating to allegations of violations of University policy by undergraduate and/or graduate students, and prepares cases for adjudication before the appropriate discipline committee. When a report alleging a violation of University policy is received, the investigation is assigned to the university investigator by the dean or senior associate dean of undergraduate students on an as-needed basis.

Upon being assigned an investigation, the university investigator conducts prompt and thorough information gathering, which may include: interviewing students, identifying and interviewing other witnesses, gathering and securing documentary and other evidence, and identifying other information that would be helpful to the various disciplinary bodies. The university investigator remains neutral and objective throughout the investigation and provides detailed, unbiased information.

The university investigator delivers to the relevant disciplinary body all information and materials appropriate and necessary for the adjudication of the discipline matter, including a written summary of the information gathered. (The university investigator will not make a determination or recommendation of what did or did not occur, or whether University policies were or were not violated).


The university investigator conducts investigations (assigned on an as-needed basis) arising from allegations of student misconduct and prepares cases for adjudication. For each case assigned the investigator will:
  • Develop an investigation plan;
  • Interview the complainant, respondent, and potential witnesses;
  • Provide parties with information about the investigatory process;
  • Gather and secure documentary and other evidence;
  • Redact documents where necessary, to conform to the requirements of federal law, University policy, and the needs of the disciplinary process;
  • Provide detailed written summaries of investigations as necessary;
  • Keep accurate and thorough records and notes of investigatory process;
  • Maintain neutrality throughout the investigation;
  • Provide updates to staff in the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students and/or relevant committee officers; and
  • Refer students to appropriate resources for non-disciplinary remedies and support where appropriate.

The investigator additionally engages with University colleagues to support the disciplinary process in ways that are appropriate to this community. This may include attending trainings and hearings for each disciplinary body; developing familiarity with the University's disciplinary procedures, policies, standards and resources; and meeting with the senior associate dean in the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students and other University colleagues as needed.

Provide feedback, including a year-end report, to allow the University to assess, evaluate, and improve its judicial procedures and policies.

Perform other duties as assigned. The university investigator may be called upon to serve on a Title IX panel, investigating and adjudicating alleged violations of the University's Sex Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct Policy.


Bachelor's degree and the equivalent of five years' work experience are required. The successful candidate will demonstrate excellent interpersonal and communication skills, especially the ability to address highly sensitive, confidential and emotionally fraught situations with sensitivity, tact and discretion, as well as the ability to maintain neutrality in such situations. He or she will have a keen intellect, strong problem-solving skills, an appreciation for detail and thoroughness, and excellent written skills. A demonstrated commitment to serving a diverse student population with cultural competence and sensitivity is required.

Advanced degree (J.D., M.S.W, graduate degree in Psychology or Forensic Psychology) and experience in conducting investigations (student conduct, human resources, internal investigations, law enforcement) are highly preferred. Experience in higher education and/or a campus setting and knowledge of the complexities surrounding sexual assault and sexual harassment cases are also preferred.

Be advised that you will only be contacted if there is further interest in your application. The candidate dashboard will not display status updates for this requisition.

Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW

Salary Grade

TMP, 001

Standard Weekly Hours


Eligible for Overtime


Benefits Eligible


Essential Services Personnel (see policy for detail)


Physical Capacity Exam Required


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