While Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University (FAMU)’s definition of sexual assault includes sexual assault of both “males and females”, it does not include acts other than penetration. The university does not appear to provide sexual assault prevention training of any kind. The university’s definition of affirmative consent matches EROC’s definition. Retaliation against survivors is forbidden but no definition of retaliation is provided.
The Title IX Investigator conducts investigations. Office of Equal Opportunity Programs and the Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution determine the finding of responsibility, though the university provides no detail on how this decision is made. It is also unclear who determines the sanction. Possible sanctions are listed. It appears that attorneys may be present for both parties during the investigation, and neither expressly discouraged from or encouraged to participate in the investigative procedures. FAMU states that appeals are allowed, but it does not specify what the process for filing an appeal is. It is also unclear whether sanctions go into place immediately or hold off until the end of appeals, and there is no specified timeline for completing investigations. Investigators are not described as trauma informed but they do receive training. Mediation is explicitly unavailable for cases of sexual violence.
The university explicitly states that it provides accommodations to survivors who have not filed an official report. The Office of Counseling Services offers counseling, although FAMU does not state whether counselors are trained in working with survivors. FAMU has a health center, Student Health Services, though specific services are not specified. There is no sexual assault crisis or emergency center, and the school does refer to local hospitals to have evidentiary exams performed. On-campus health services are not available after hours. There is also no sexual assault advocacy center. Campus police are not trauma informed.
October 25, 2017
http://www.famu.edu/PublicSafety/2016%20Final%20version%20Clery%20Report%2009%2026%2017%20(1).pdf http://www.famu.edu/EOP/Sexual%20Misconduct%20Policy.pdf http://www.famu.edu/index.cfm?StudentAffairs&SexualMisconductResourceGuide http://www.famu.edu/regulations/Regulations%20of%2010.103.pdf