Mississippi State University does not provide in-person sexual assault prevention training. They provide a clear definition of sexual assault that includes acts other than intercourse. Mississippi State University has an affirmative consent policy, but their definition of affirmative consent only partially matches EROC’s definition. They forbid retaliation against survivors and provide a definition of retaliation.
The Title IX Coordinator appoints someone to conduct the investigation. The Office of the Dean of Students handles the charge, and the board makes a finding of responsibility and sanctions. It is unclear whether these decisions must be unanimous or if they are made by a majority vote. Both parties are allowed to have an attorney present throughout the investigation process, there is a 60 day investigation timeline, and the university forbids mediation in cases of sexual assault. Mississippi State University specifies that appeals will be reviewed by the Dean of Students, but do not specify whether sanctions go into effect immediately or hold off until the end of appeals. They do not specify that investigators are trauma informed, only that they have received training.
Mississippi State University states that, while an investigation is pending, other accommodations are available for survivors. It is not clear whether accommodations are available to survivors who do not make a formal report. There is a student health center where emergency contraception is available, but they do not have a sexual assault center and refer survivors to a community hospital in order to have an evidentiary exam performed. There is no advocacy center for sexual assault survivors on campus and they do not specify whether campus police are trauma informed. The university provides information on local rape crisis centers.
March 1, 2017