The University of Buffalo, SUNY provides in-person sexual assault prevention training, but it does not appear to include bystander intervention. They do not have a definition for sexual assault and instead provide definitions for non-consensual sexual contact and non-consensual sexual intercourse. The university does have an affirmative consent policy and their definition of affirmative consent matches EROC’s definition. The university forbids retaliation against complainants and provides a definition of what constitutes retaliation.
The Director of Judicial Affairs & Student Advocacy selects at least 2 people to provide a disciplinary hearing and make a finding of responsibility. The University of Buffalo, SUNY does not specify whether this decision must be unanimous or whether it is made by a majority vote. It is unclear who decides on sanctions as the university simply states that the Judicial Affairs & Student Advocacy Office must provide a sanction. The University of Buffalo, SUNY specifies that a finding of “responsible” for sexual violence requires immediate suspension with additional requirements or expulsion as a sanction. It is not specified whether an attorney is allowed to be present during the investigation and adjudication process and specify an investigation timeline of 20 business days. It is stated that an accused student has the right to appeal and have an administrative hearing decision, however, it is unclear whether complainants have the same right. The university does not specify whether sanctions go into effect immediately or hold off until the end of appeals, does not publicize the number of cases and sanctions, does not specify whether investigators are trauma informed, and does not forbid mediation in cases of sexual violence.
It is unclear whether accommodations are available to survivors outside of the investigation process. The University of Buffalo, SUNY has a student health center where emergency contraception is available. However, this health center does not include a sexual assault center and they refer survivors to a local hospital in order to receive services. The university has a Violence Prevention Committee that also provides services for survivors on-campus. The university does not provide information on local rape crisis centers and does not state whether campus police are trauma informed.
March 1, 2017
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