Marshall University has sexual assault prevention training that is in-person and includes bystander intervention. They do not define sexual assault, but provide a definition of sexual misconduct that is clear and includes acts other than intercourse. They forbid retaliation against survivors and provide a clear definition of what constitutes retaliation.
The Dean of Students passes information on the case to an Administrative Review Board for final decisions on responsibility and sanctioning. It is unclear whether this panel makes decisions by majority vote or whether their decision must be unanimous. The university does not provide detailed information on the appeals process; they simply say that appeals are available. The President of Student Affairs may defer the imposition of a sanction pending a final appeal at his/her discretion. They do not provide a sanctioning code and do not publicize the number of cases and sanctions. Marshall University provides an investigation timeline of 60 days and specifies that attorneys are not allowed during the investigation and adjudication process. The university states that campus officials will not address sexual misconduct through an informal process alone, which suggests that they do allow some form of mediation in cases of sexual assault. They do not state that investigators are trauma informed.
They provide accommodations to survivors outside of the adjudication process “if the situation so warrants.” Marshall University has a student health center, but it is unclear whether they have emergency contraception or a sexual assault center. There are some advocacy services available on-campus through the Women’s Center. They also have information and resources on local rape crisis centers. The campus police are definitely not trauma informed and have a page on their website telling survivors that is their responsibility to avoid being a victim.
March 1, 2017
http://www.marshall.edu/board/files/policies/MUBOG%20GA-16%20Student%20Sexual%20Misconduct%20Policy.pdf http://www.marshall.edu/mupd/crime-prevention/sexual-assault/ http://www.marshall.edu/wcenter/sexual-assault/sexual-assault-resources/ http://www.marshall.edu/wcenter/emergency-contraception-and-birth-control/emergency-contraception/ http://www.marshall.edu/wcenter/about/