The university has a clear definition of sexual assault that includes acts other than intercourse. The school does not offer or require any sexual assault prevention training. They also have an affirmative consent policy and their definition of affirmative consent matches EROC’s. They define and forbid retaliation.
The President makes a finding on responsibility with input from the University Counsel and Title IX Coordinator. Either the complainant or respondent can request an institutional hearing if they do not like the President’s finding of responsibility. The Student Judicial Board and University Discipline Committee make decisions on sanctions. However, the university does not specify whether this is by majority vote or if the decision must be unanimous. The President hears any appeals that are made and sanctions are on hold until approved by the appropriate approving authority. The university does not specify who the “appropriate approving authority” is. They do not provide a sanctioning code and do not publicize the number of cases and sanctions. They provide a 60-day timeline for the investigation and forbid mediation in cases of sexual assault. Middle Tennessee State University does not state that investigators are trauma informed, only that they have received training.
Accommodations are available to survivors outside the investigation and adjudication process, even if a formal report is not made. The university has a student health center that offers emergency contraception but does not have a sexual assault center. There is no on-campus advocacy center for sexual assault survivors. They have resources and information on local rape crisis centers, but do not specify whether campus police are trauma informed.
March 1, 2017
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