Montclair State University provides sexual assault prevention training, but it is unclear if it is offered in-person or includes bystander intervention training. The university has a definition of sexual assault that includes acts other than intercourse. They also have an affirmative consent policy and their definition of affirmative consent matches EROC’s definition. The university also forbids retaliation against survivors and provide a definition of what acts constitute retaliation.
A University Hearing Panel performs investigations and through a majority vote makes decisions on responsibility. It is unclear whether this hearing panel only makes decisions on responsibility or whether they also decide sanctions. Montclair State University does not have a sanctioning code and does not publicize the number of cases and sanctions. The Appellate Board hears appeals and, in most cases, sanctions hold off until the appeal is complete. In cases that involve substantial threat, the University Director of Student Conduct has the right to continue or initiate an interim suspension. Students are allowed to have an attorney present during the process and the university provides an investigation timeline of 45 days. The university does not provide a clear answer on whether mediation is explicitly unavailable in cases of sexual violence. They state that the conduct officer cannot refer a matter to mediation if expulsion or suspension is contemplated as a sanction or if there are pending charges in criminal court. They also do not state whether investigators are trauma informed.
Montclair State University provides accommodations for survivors outside of the adjudication/investigation process. There is a student health center that offers emergency contraception and houses a sexual assault center. The university also has a Sexual Assault Response Team and provides information on local rape crisis centers and resources. The university does not state that campus police are trauma informed, but states that police officers have received training on the emotional and physical needs of a victim.
March 1, 2017
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