Johnson & Wales University has sexual assault prevention training that is in-person and includes bystander intervention. They provide a clear definition of sexual assault that includes acts other than intercourse. They also have an affirmative consent policy, but their definition of affirmative consent only partially matches EROC’s definition. The university also forbids retaliation against survivors and provides a definition of what constitutes retaliation.
The investigation process is somewhat unclear. They state that more serious violations that could result in a sanction of dismissal or suspension are referred to a panel hearing; less serious violations are referred to an administrative hearing. Administrative hearings are held before a single hearing officer from Residential Life or Student Conduct and panel hearings are conducted in front of a panel of faculty and/or staff. It is unclear whether the panel hearing makes decisions on responsibility by majority vote or whether this decision must be unanimous. Johnson & Wales University, Providence states that the panel suggests a sanction, but the direction of student conduct will review the case and make a final determination on sanctions. It is unclear what happens in the case of administrative hearings. An appeal officer will hear appeals, but it is unclear whether sanctions go into effect immediately or hold off until the end of appeals. They do not provide a sanctioning code, do not specify whether attorneys are allowed to be present during the investigation and adjudication process, do not state whether investigators are trauma informed, do not forbid mediation in cases of sexual assault, and do not publicize the number of cases and sanctions. The university gives an investigation timeline of 60 days.
They state that “in some instances,” accommodations will be provided. Johnson & Wales University has a student health center, but it is unclear whether they provide emergency contraception. The student health center does not have a sexual assault center and they refer survivors to a hospital in the community in order to have an evidentiary exam performed. The university does not have an on-campus advocacy center for sexual assault survivors, but the women’s center states that they can offer support, assistance with reporting, and help identifying resources. Johnson & Wales University, Providence provides information and resources on local rape crisis centers, but does not specify whether campus police are trauma informed.
March 1, 2017
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