Montana State University (MSU) has sexual prevention training that is in-person, but does not include bystander intervention training. They have a definition of sexual assault that includes acts other than intercourse. MSU also has an affirmative consent policy and their definition of affirmative consent matches EROC’s. They forbid retaliation against survivors and provide a definition of retaliation.
The investigation process is very unclear. Montana State University states that the “Responsible Officials” will determine responsibility. It is unclear whether they vote on this decision or whether the decision must be unanimous. If there is an appeal, the President, CEO, or Designee will appoint a Hearing Officer to consider the case and make a decision. Montana State University says they may continue to impose interim remedial measures while the appeals are in progress, depending on the circumstance. The report is then forwarded to the Dean of Students for a determination of sanctions. They do not provide clear sanctioning guidelines and only state that action up to expulsion may be a result. Both parties are allowed to have an attorney present during the investigation at their own expense, mediation is forbidden in cases of sexual assault, and there is an investigation timeline of 40 days. The university does not publicize the number of cases and sanctions and does not specify whether investigators are trauma informed.
They provide accommodations to survivors outside of the adjudication process. Montana State University has a student health center where emergency contraception is available, but they do not appear to have a sexual assault center. They have an advocacy center for sexual assault survivors on campus called the Voice Center, which includes a 24/7 confidential survivor call service staffed by peer-advocates, who provide information and discuss different options and resources that may be available to survivors. Advocates can assist with reporting, referrals, academic concerns, protective orders, and medical advocacy. The school provides information on local resources and rape crisis centers. They do not state that campus police are trauma informed, but campus police do have a page on the effects of trauma and tools to cope with traumatic events.
August 30, 2017
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