Missouri State University does not have a definition of sexual assault, and instead defines forcible sexual offense, non-forcible sexual offense, and nonconsensual sexual contact, which includes acts other than penetration. In-person sexual assault prevention training, including bystander intervention training, is required during new student orientations. Missouri State University’s affirmative consent policy matches EROC’s definition. The university does not define retaliation and does not explicitly forbid retaliation against survivors.
The Title IX Coordinator appoints an investigator to conduct a thorough investigation by strategic investigation plan, including a witness list, evidence list, intended timeframe, and order of interviews for all witnesses and the accused individual. The investigator makes a preliminary finding and presents it to the respondent and complainant and appropriate University Officials, including the Conduct Officer. The Conduct Officer meets with the respondent. If the Conduct Officer and respondent are unable to come to an agreement on responsibility for a violation or an appropriate consequence, the respondent has the right to request a hearing in front of a hearing authority. If the Conduct Officer and respondent come to an agreement, the Conduct Officer implements sanctions. If not, the hearing panel will decide sanctions if responsibility is found. Missouri State University provides no further information on the hearing authority process or how they make these decisions, including whether they must be unanimous or whether it is a majority vote. Sanctions can range from a warning to expulsion. Both parties may retain an attorney, but attorneys are discouraged from actively participating in the investigative procedure. The Dean of Students hears appeals and but it is unspecified whether appeals can be made to the finding of responsibility, the sanction, or both, and whether sanctions go into effect immediately or hold off until the end of appeals. Missouri State University specifies that the investigation timeline is 60 days. They do not specify whether investigators are trauma informed. Mediation is explicitly unavailable for resolving sexual violence cases.
It is unclear whether accommodations are available to survivors outside of the adjudication process. Missouri State’s Counseling Center offers counseling, but it is unclear whether they have counselors trained in working specifically with survivors. Missouri State University has a student health center, the Taylor Health and Wellness Center, which provides STI testing. The student health center does not have a sexual assault center and they refer survivors to local hospitals for exams. Medical services on campus are not available after hours. They also do not have an advocacy center on campus for sexual assault survivors on campus and do not specify whether campus police are trauma informed. The university does provide information on local rape crisis centers and resources.
October 25, 2017
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