North Dakota State University has a in-person sexual assault prevention program. They have bystander intervention information as part of a poster and video campaign, but the bystander intervention component does not appear to be included as part of the in-person training. The university’s definition of sexual assault is unclear and it is not obvious whether it includes acts other than intercourse. They have an affirmative consent policy, but their definition of affirmative consent does not match EROC’s definition. The university forbids and defines retaliation against complainants.
North Dakota State University states that Student Life Hearing Officers or “other designated university personnel” investigate cases and make a finding of responsibility and determine sanctions. The Vice President for Student Affairs hears appeals for cases that could result in suspension or expulsion while the Dean of Student Life or an Administrator of Residence Life hear all other appeals. North Dakota State University does not provide a sanctioning code and does not publicize the numbers of cases and sanctions. They mention that the respondent has the right to an attorney, but do not specify whether the complainant has the same right. There is an investigation timeline of 60 days, mediation is forbidden in cases of sexual violence, and the university does not specify whether investigators are trauma informed.
North Dakota State University states that they provide interim measures until an investigation concludes, but it is unclear if accommodations are available beyond the investigation or if accommodations are provided for survivors who do not make a formal complaint or cooperate with an investigation. The university has a student health center where emergency contraception is available, but the student health center does not have a sexual assault center. The university refers survivors to a local community hospital for an evidentiary exam. The university has an on-campus sexual assault prevention and advocacy center as well as information and resources on local rape crisis centers. The university does not specify whether campus police are trauma informed.
March 1, 2017