Investigating Claims of Harassment: A Step-by-Step “How To” Part 5: Other Sources of Evidence, Summarizing the Investigation, and Reaching a Conclusion
February 20, 2018
Authored by: Mimi Moore
Before concluding a harassment investigation, the investigator should follow up with other possible sources of evidence, record and summarize the investigation, and reach a conclusion. This fifth part of a six-part series discusses these final steps in the investigation process. As always, bear in mind that each harassment investigation is different and must be tailored to fit the particular circumstances.
Follow Up With Other Possible Sources of Evidence
The investigator should consider whether any other sources of evidence exist that could aid in the investigation process and gather any such evidence. If the evidence is in the possession of either the complainant or the accused, the investigator should ask that the evidence be shared with him/her.
Some examples of physical evidence that may aid in the investigation process are:
- Time cards
- Calendars or diaries
- Telephone records
- Travel logs
- Expense reports
- Notes, letters, cards, and/or handwriting samples
- Emails, voice mails,