Boise State University does not define sexual assault, but provides a definition for unwanted sexual contact, which encompasses acts other than penetration. They require in-person and online sexual assault prevention training which includes bystander intervention training. Their definition of affirmative consent only partially matches EROC’s definition. The university defines and forbids retaliation.
The Director of Title IX Compliance creates an investigation report and determines the finding of responsibility. The Director then meets with a conduct board to review the investigation report and complainant and respondent statements. The conduct board then either implements the recommended sanctions or imposes modified sanctions, though it is unclear how they make that decision. Possible sanctions are listed. Both parties are entitled to an advisor, though there is no mention of whether an attorney may be an advisor. Appeals are made to the Appellate Board via the Office of the Dean of Students, and it appears that these appeals may be made to both the finding of responsibility and the sanctions. During this time, sanctions are usually placed on hold except in some unspecified circumstances. The university does not specify whether mediation is explicitly unavailable in cases of sexual assault and does not mention whether investigators are trauma informed.
It appears that survivors may be offered accommodations by the Director of Title IX/ADA/504 Compliance or a designee, although it is not clear whether an official report needs to be filed. Health Services appears to offer counseling, although it is unclear whether they have counselors trained specifically for helping survivors. The student health center does not include a sexual assault center and they refer survivors to a local hospital in order to have a rape kit done. There are no emergency medical services on campus that are available after hours. There’s a Gender Equity Center on campus that provides information on resources, programming, and support services for survivors. The university provides information on local rape crisis centers. Campus police are not specified to be trauma informed.
October 15, 2017
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