Colorado State University (CSU) requires online sexual assault prevention training upon matriculation, but the training does not include bystander intervention training. They have a definition of sexual assault that is inclusive and encompasses acts other than penetration. CSU has an affirmative consent policy that matches EROC’s definition. CSU defines and forbids retaliation.
The Deputy Title IX Coordinator decides whether an accusation warrants investigation. If the Deputy Title IX Coordinator decides there should be an investigation, the case is forwarded to the Student Resolution Center and a hearing officer determines responsibility for each charge and imposes sanctions. CSU does not have a sanctioning code for sexual assault and does not specify a timeline for investigations. Both parties are allowed to have an attorney present as an advisor during the investigation proceedings, but they are discouraged from actively participating in the procedure and must be obtained at the student’s own expense. Outcomes of the adjudication process can be appealed to the University Discipline Panel but sanctions go into effect immediately. The university does not specify whether investigators are trauma informed or whether mediation is not allowed for cases of sexual assault.
The university sometimes offers accommodations to complainants outside of the investigation and education process, but these accommodations are not guaranteed. CSU offers counseling services through the Women and Gender Advocacy Center and the Victim Assistance Team, which have counselors trained in working with survivors. The Victim Assistance Team is available 24/7. CSU has a student health center, the CSU Health and Medical Center, which offers sexual assault services and STI testing, but there is no dedicated center for services for sexual assault survivors. There is an After-Hours Nurse Helpline available to students as well. The Women and Gender Advocacy Center and Victim Assistance Team also offer advocates for support in reporting and obtaining accommodations, and provides information on local rape crisis center. CSU does not state that its campus police are trauma informed.