Delaware State University does not define sexual assault, only nonconsensual sexual intercourse and nonconsensual sexual contact. Delaware State University offers online sexual assault prevention training, but it is unclear whether it is required or includes bystander intervention training. The school’s definition of consent only partially matches EROC’s definition of affirmative consent. The university defines and forbids retaliation against complainants.
The Equity Resolution Panel (ERP), appointed by the Title IX Coordinator, investigates cases of sexual assault. Three other members of the ERP who were not investigators determine the finding of responsibility. It is not explicitly stated, but it appears that the decisions are made by majority vote. The ERP also determines sanctions. Possible sanctions are listed. Both parties may have an advisor, though it is not stated whether this advisor may be an attorney. Appeals can be made for both the finding of responsibility and the sanctions. The appeals panel of the ERP, comprised of members who have not previously been involved in the investigation, reviews appeals. Sanctions usually go into effect immediately. Investigations should be completed within 60 business days. Though it does not state that investigators are trauma informed, it says that they are trained annually. Mediation is explicitly unavailable in cases of sexual violence.
It is unclear whether survivors may access accommodations without filing an official report. Counseling services are offered, and Delaware State states that counselors can help with recovering from trauma. Delaware State University’s Student Health Services provides emergency contraception and STI testing, but the student health center does not include a sexual assault center and they refer sexual assault survivors to a nearby hospital for a rape kit. On-campus medical resources are not available after hours. The university also does not have a sexual assault advocacy center on campus, but Sexual Assault Prevention specialists are available and can provide accompaniment in seeking services or accommodations. Delaware State does provide information on local rape crisis centers. Campus police are not stated to be trauma informed.
https://www.desu.edu/about/administration/university-policies-procedures/sexual-misconduct-harassment-sex-discrimination https://www.desu.edu/sites/flagship/files/document/31/one_policy_one_process.pdf https://www.desu.edu/about/administration/university-policies-procedures/sexual-assault-resource-options https://www.desu.edu/student-life/student-health-services https://www.desu.edu/about/police-department
October 22, 2017