Clemson University has a definition of sexual assault that includes acts other than penetration. Clemson University offers online sexual assault prevention training, though it is not required and it is unclear whether bystander intervention training is included. The university’s definition matches EROC’s definition of affirmative consent. Clemson University forbids and defines retaliation.
The Title IX Coordinator conducts investigations and determines the finding of responsibility. It is unclear who decides the sanction, but it appears to be the same investigator. Possible sanctions are listed. Both parties may retain an attorney at their own cost. Clemson University only states that the complainant and respondent have the same rights of appeal, but it is unclear what the process consists of or whether it is for the finding of responsibility or the sanction. Clemson University states that sanctions will be “immediate and appropriate” but there is no mention whether appeals would impact that timing. The specified timeline for completing investigations is 60 days. They do not explicitly forbid mediation in cases of sexual violence. Clemson University does not specify whether investigators are trauma informed, only that they receive annual training.
They provide accommodations for survivors outside of the investigation and adjudication process. Counseling and Psychological Services are available for students. They offer an intervention program via CU CARES (Counseling, Advocacy, Referrals, Education, Support) that supports survivors of sexual and relationship violence, including crisis counseling. Clemson University has a health center, Student Health Services, that offers emergency contraception, sexual assault services, and STI testing. However, the student health center does not have a sexual assault crisis center and they refer survivors to a hospital in the community in order to have an exam completed. On-campus medical services are not available after hours. They have an on-campus advocacy center called CU CARES (Counseling, Advocacy, Referrals, Education, Support) that provides events, programming, survivor advocacy, and accompaniment in getting accommodations. The school provides information and resources on local rape crisis centers. Campus police are not described as trauma informed.
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October 22, 2017