Clark Atlanta University’s definition of sexual assault is inclusive and encompasses acts other than penetration. Clark Atlanta offers in-person sexual assault prevention training with bystander intervention training, but it is not clear whether it is required. Retaliation is defined and forbidden.
The Title IX Coordinator or designee conducts investigations. The Special Matter Hearing Panel who is elected by the Dean of Students (or designee) and will consist of 3 administrators and 2 faculty members determine responsibility of a violation and recommend sanctions. The policy explicitly states several ways in which conflicts of interests are prohibited. It is not clear whether these votes are made by majority or unanimous vote. The Office of Judicial Affairs makes final determinations on sanctions based on the panel’s recommendation, although it is not clear whether this is an individual or group, nor if the some of the same members on the hearing panel could also be a part of the Office of Judicial Affairs. Possible sanctions are listed. There is no information on whether attorneys are allowed to be present. Clark Atlanta University has two levels of appeals. The first goes to Title IX Coordinator and the second should be submitted to the Vice President of Student Affairs. It is unclear whether the appeal is for both responsibility and sanctions nor how the designee determines an outcome. It is unclear whether sanctions go into place immediately or hold off until the end of appeals. The university specifies an investigation timeline of 30-60 days. Investigators are not trauma informed, and mediation is explicitly unavailable in cases of sexual violence.
Survivors can access accommodations without filing an official report. University Counseling and Disability Services offers counseling, although it is not clear whether counselors are trained in working with survivors. The university has Student Health Services available, although specific services are not specified. There is no sexual assault crisis center and the university refers students to a local hospital to have evidentiary exams performed. There are no emergency medical services available on campus after hours. There is no sexual assault advocacy center, but the school hosts events and programming. The school does not provide information on rape crisis centers or whether campus police are trauma informed.
November 5, 2017