While the university uses the term “sexual misconduct” instead of “sexual assault,” they provide a definition that includes acts other than just penetration. Illinois State University requires online sexual assault prevention training that does not include bystander intervention. There is also an affirmative consent policy, however, their definition of affirmative consent only partially matches EROC’s definition. Illinois State University defines and forbids retaliation.
It is not clear who conducts investigations. An administrative hearing board hears cases, but one representative makes the determination of responsibility. The hearing officer makes decisions on sanctioning, rather than the entire panel. Possible sanctions are listed. There is no mention of whether attorneys are allowed to be present during the adjudication process. The Assistant Vice President/Dean of Students’ Appeals Board reviews appeals. The university does not specify whether sanctions go into effect immediately or are on hold until the appeals process is complete. There is no specified timeline for completing investigations and the university does not say whether investigators are trauma informed. They do stipulate that informal resolution measures are not applicable in cases of sexual violence.
Illinois State University states that they are committed to reviewing options for accommodation outside of the adjudication process if such accommodations are reasonably available, but these accommodations are not guaranteed. There’s an on-campus health center that provides emergency contraception as well as STI testing. The university has a sexual assault crisis center that is available 24/7 that offers rape kits and there is a SANE program through student counseling services. The university also has a Sexual Assault Prevention and Survivor Services Coordinator that provides advocacy services as well as resources and information on local rape crisis centers. Illinois State University does not specify whether campus police are trauma informed.
August 18, 2017
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