Though East Carolina University (ECU)’s definition of sexual assault is gender-neutral, it only includes acts of penetration. East Carolina University (ECU) offers in-person sexual assault prevention training that includes bystander intervention, though it is not required and as of the date this information was last updated, the link to request training was broken. ECU has an affirmative consent policy, but their definition of affirmative consent only partially matches EROC’s definition. The university defines and forbids retaliation.
The Sexual Misconduct Response Team (SMRT) makes an initial assessment of the report. The Title IX Coordinator/office conducts investigations and makes a finding of responsibility. The hearing board determines the sanction, although it does not specify whether the decision is made by unanimous or majority vote. Additionally, if the Hearing Board recommends expulsion as a sanction, the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs makes the final determination. Possible sanctions are listed. Both parties may have an attorney present at their own cost, and attorneys are neither expressly encouraged or discouraged from active participation in the investigative procedures. Both parties may appeal the finding of responsibility to the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities. The policy seems to state that the appeals applies to both the finding and sanctions in one process, but this is unclear. it is unclear whether sanctions go into effect immediately or hold off until the end of an appeal. The university provides an investigation timeline of 60 days, forbids retaliation in cases of sexual violence, and does not specify whether investigators are trauma informed.
It is unclear whether survivors may access accommodations without filing an official report. ECU Center for Counseling and Student Development offers counseling services, though is it unclear what specific services are offered. East Carolina University Student Health Services offers SANE exams and “appropriate services related to sexual assault” although it does not specify what those are. ECU Center for Counseling and Student Development offer crisis intervention sexual assault services, though emergency on-campus medical services are not available after hours.ECU has an on-campus advocacy center for sexual assault survivors, Victim Advocacy Services, which offers events, programming, accompaniment in seeking services, and 24/7 crisis intervention. ECU provides information on local rape crisis centers. The university does not specify whether campus police are trauma informed.
October 25, 2017
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