George Washington University does not define sexual assault, only sexual violence, although they use the terms “sexual assault” in their policy. Their definition of sexual violence is inclusive and encompasses acts other than penetration. They also do not define consent. George Washington University requires online sexual assault prevention training, though it appears that they have several optional modules and not all of them include bystander intervention training. The university forbids retaliation against complainants but does not define retaliation.
The Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities conducts investigations for cases of harassment of students against other students, and the Title IX Coordinator conducts all other investigations. The same office determines the finding of responsibility and the sanction, although it is unclear whether this is an individual from the office or multiple people. Possible sanctions are listed. It appears that both parties may retain an attorney as an advisor. Both parties may appeal the finding of responsibility, but not the sanction. It is unclear when sanctions go into place. GWU specifies that investigations will typically be completed within 30 days. The university not state that its investigators are trauma informed or that mediation is unavailable for cases of sexual assault.
The university provides accommodations to complainants outside of the adjudication and investigation process. Mental Health Services at the Colonial Health Center offer counseling, but it is unclear whether they have counselors who are trained specifically in working with survivors. George Washington University has a student health center, the Colonial Health Center, which offers emergency contraception and STI testing. The university does not have a sexual assault center at the student health center and refers survivors to another hospital in order to get a rape kit. Medical services are not available after hours on campus. The university does not have a sexual assault advocacy center on campus. GWU does provide information on local rape crisis centers. They do not specify whether campus police are trauma-informed.
October 22, 2017
http://my.gwu.edu/files/policies/SexualHarassmentFINAL.pdf https://healthcenter.gwu.edu/primary-care-services https://healthcenter.gwu.edu/mental-health https://safety.gwu.edu/gw-police-department