Hampton University does not have an inclusive definition of sexual assault. They do not offer any sexual assault prevention training. Its definition of affirmative consent only meets 4 of EROC’s five requirements. Retaliation is defined and forbidden.
The Title IX Coordinator conducts investigations. The Sexual Discrimination and Misconduct Committee issues findings of responsibility, but the school doesn't specify how responsibility is determined. The same committee issues sanctions. Possible sanctions are listed. Each party may retain an attorney at their own cost, and attorneys are neither expressly encouraged or discouraged from active participation in the investigative procedures. Appeals are filed to the Vice President for Administrative Services, and the appeals are then referred to a three (3) member Appeals Committee consisting of a representative from Student Affairs, a Faculty representative and a Student Health professional. There is no further information on the appeals process. It is not clear whether sanctions go into place immediately or hold off until the end of appeals. The university specifies a 60 day timeline for completing investigations. Investigators are not trauma informed. Mediation is explicitly unavailable for cases of sexual violence.
Hampton University states that a survivor does not need to file an official report to access confidential resources, although it is unclear whether that includes academic or housing accommodations. The Hampton University Student Counseling Center offers counseling, although it is not clear whether there are counselors trained in working with survivors. Hampton University Student Health Center offers medical services on campus, although specific services are not described online. There is no sexual assault crisis center and the school refers to the community for evidentiary exams. There are no emergency on-campus medical services available after hours and there is no survivor advocacy center. The school provides some information on local rape crisis centers and does not specify that campus police are trauma informed.
November 4, 2017