Georgia State University has sexual assault prevention training that includes bystander intervention. However, it is unclear whether or not this training is in-person. Their definition of sexual assault does include acts other than penetration. While the university does have a definition of affirmative consent, it only partially matches EROC's definition. Georgia State University forbids retaliation against survivors but they do not define retaliation.
At Georgia State University, an investigator designated by the Title IX Coordinator conducts the investigation and shares the final report with the Title IX Coordinator. If the final report is acceptable to both parties, an “informal resolution” can be made. If both parties do not agree, the case moves on to a hearing panel. The university does not specify whether hearing panels make findings of responsibility by majority vote or whether they require unanimity. The same hearing panel makes decisions about sanctioning but it is unclear how those decisions are made. Both the respondent and complainant are allowed to have an attorney present at their own expense. Appeals are heard by the Vice President for Student Affairs or their designee. Sanctions go into effect immediately and remain in effect unless and until they are overturned on appeal. Georgia State University specifies a sanctioning code that ranges from assignment of “scholarly work or research on sexual misconduct” to expulsion. The university does not publicize the number of cases and sanctions. Investigators are not trauma-informed. Georgia State University specifies that mediation cannot be used in cases of sexual assault.
Counseling and interim accommodations are available to survivors outside of the adjudication process. The university has a health center that offers emergency contraception. However, they do not have a sexual assault center and refer survivors to a hospital in the community in order to receive services. Georgia State University has a Student Victim Assistance office that provides advocacy for survivors of sexual assault, but do not provide any information on local rape crisis centers or resources. Police are not stated to have trauma-informed policies.
March 1, 2017
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