Kansas State University does not provide a clear and inclusive definition of sexual assault. The school requires sexual assault prevention training, but it is unclear that whether the training is online or in-person and whether it includes bystander intervention. Their definition of consent only partially matches EROC’s definition. Kansas State prohibits retaliation against survivors and clearly defines retaliation.
An Administrative Review Team, comprised of the Responsible Administrator and a Office of Institutional Equity staff member, evaluates each complaint and, “if warranted,” conducts a thorough and objective administrative review. They do not specify how a final decision regarding responsibility is made. The Administrative Review Team makes a recommendation regarding sanctions and the Deciding Administrator makes the final sanction determination. They do not give sanctioning guidelines for sexual assault, only general sanctions for any form of discrimination. Attorneys are allowed to be present during the investigation and adjudication process. In the case of appealing the finding, the complainant may submit an appeal to the Deciding Administrator. This administrator decides based upon the ART's file and written information. In the case of appealing sanctions, the respondent or complainant may submit an appeal to the Appeal Administrator, who makes a decision whether the sanctions are "arbitrary and capricious" based on existing files. Sanctions go into place immediately regardless of any intent to appeal. The university specifies that they aim to complete investigations within 60 calendar days. The university does not state whether investigators are trauma informed.
Kansas State University does not mention any accommodations for survivors outside of the investigation process. Counseling Services, K-State offers counseling to students, though it is not explicitly stated that there are counselors trained for working with survivors. The Women’s Clinic at Lafene Health Center provides emergency contraception and STI testing, but there does not appear to be a sexual assault crisis center. Kansas State University has an advocacy center for sexual assault survivors called the Center for Advocacy, Response, and Education, which offers programming, survivor advocacy in Title IX investigations, and accompaniment in seeking services and accommodations. The university provides information and resources on local rape crisis centers, but does not specify whether campus police are trauma informed.
October 25, 2017
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