The Executive Committee will name an impartial investigator, usually a Society Officer or Council member. Any named investigator who believes they have a conflict of interest should not serve as an investigator.
In most cases, the complainant will be interviewed first and the written complaint reviewed. If the complainant has not already filed a formal complaint, he or she should be asked to do so.
The details of the complaint should be explained to the alleged offender by the investigator.
The alleged offender should be given a reasonable chance to respond to the evidence of the complainant and to bring his or her own evidence.
If the facts are in dispute, further investigatory steps may include interviewing those named as witnesses.
If, for any reason, the investigator is in doubt about whether or how to continue, he or she will seek appropriate counsel.
When the investigation is complete, the investigator should report the findings to the Executive Officer of the Society or other Society Officer, as appropriate.