North Carolina Central University’s definition of sexual assault includes acts other than penetration, but uses “his or her” pronouns in the definition. The university requires in-person sexual assault prevention training, although bystander intervention training is only included for trainings for campus leaders. The school forbids but does not define retaliation.
The Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities conducts investigations. The Administrative Hearing Officer, along with a judicial panel, determines the finding of responsibility and sanction, though how they work together is unclear. Possible sanctions are listed. The university specifies that respondents may retain an attorney at their own cost, but it does not say whether complainants may or may not also retain an attorney. Appeals can be filed to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, although if the decision involves expulsion, an appeal must be heard by the UNC Board of Governors. It is unclear whether sanctions go into place immediately or hold off until the end of appeals. There is no specified timeline for completing investigations, and the university does not state whether investigators are trauma informed. Mediation is not explicitly unavailable for cases of sexual violence.
The university does not specify whether survivors may access accommodations without filing an official report. The University Counseling Center offers counseling, although it is unclear whether counselors are trained in working with survivors. North Carolina Central University has a Student Health Center, although specific services are not specified. There is no sexual assault crisis center on campus. It is not stated whether medical services are available after hours. There is no sexual assault advocacy center, but there are events and programming held on campus. The school provides information on local rape crisis centers. There is no mention of police being trauma informed.
November 1, 2017