Boston University provides an inclusive definition of sexual assault that covers acts other than penetration. Boston University (BU) requires in-person and online sexual assault prevention training that includes bystander intervention training. BU also has an affirmative consent policy and their definition of affirmative consent matches EROC’s definition. The university defines and forbids retaliation.
The Office of Judicial Affairs designates two investigators to conduct an investigation. They prepare a summary of the investigation. The Dean of Students makes the final decision of responsibility. The Dean of Students also makes the decision on sanctions. Boston University provides a sanctioning code, with sanctions ranging from expulsion to deferral of graduation for a specific period of time. The university does not explicitly mention whether attorneys may be present, only mention that parties can bring an advisor. Appeals are decided by a Hearing Panel composed of 3-5 members of the University Board on Student Conduct, and can be made for both the finding of responsibility and the sanction. The Hearing Panel makes its decision by majority vote. Sanctions go into effect immediately and do not hold off until the end of appeals. BU provides an investigation timeline of 60 days. The investigators are not trauma informed. Mediation is explicitly unavailable in cases of sexual violence.
Boston University provides accommodations outside of the investigation process. BU’s Sexual Assault Response & Prevention Center (SARP) offers counseling services with counselors trained in working with survivors. BU Student Health Services/Behavioral Medicine offers emergency contraception and STI testing, and refers to an outside medical center for SANE exams. The SARP Center also offers crisis intervention and emergency services, including emergency contraception and STI testing. Medical staff are on call after hours. The SARP Center also provides events, programming, and accompaniment in seeking accommodations or services for survivors. The school provides information on local rape crisis centers. The campus police website does not state that police are trauma informed but that some detectives are “specialists” in certain areas, including sexual assault.
October 23, 2017
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