State and federal laws and university policy protect against retaliation. University policy prohibits retaliation against a person because they reported sexual harassment, filed a complaint, participated in the investigation of a complaint, or assisted others who raised a complaint. Retaliation is a serious offense which can result in disciplinary action.
This protection exists even if a complaint eventually is dismissed or found lacking in merit. It does not follow that false claims will be tolerated: a person will be held accountable for knowingly making a frivolous or malicious complaint of sexual harassment.