Oklahoma State University has sexual assault prevention training that is in-person and includes bystander intervention. They do not provide a very clear definition of what constitutes sexual assault and, while they have an affirmative consent policy, their definition of affirmative consent does not match EROC’s definition. The university also does not have a definition of retaliation and does not forbid retaliation against survivors.
A Student Conduct Officer performs a preliminary review of the complaint and determines whether disciplinary procedures should be initiated. If the officer decides to proceed with a formal disciplinary hearing, the case goes to a panel. The Non-Academic Discipline Panel deliberates and makes a finding of responsibility by majority vote. The same panel also decides on sanctions, but it is unclear whether this is done by majority vote or whether decisions on sanctions must be unanimous. The Vice-President of Student Services reviews appeals. Sanctions are usually not imposed until the appeal process is over, unless there is an interim suspension or there are concerns about other students’ safety. The university provides a sanctioning code for sexual harassment but not specifically for sexual assault. They do not specify whether students are allowed to have an attorney present during the investigation and adjudication process, what the investigation timeline is, or whether investigators are trauma informed. Oklahoma State University does not publicize the number of cases and sanctions. They do not explicitly forbid mediation in cases of sexual assault and in fact state that informal resolution is appropriate when the alleged conduct is less serious.
Oklahoma State University provides no information on accommodations available to survivors outside of the investigation and adjudication process. The university has a student health center, but it is unclear whether they have emergency contraception. They do not have a sexual assault center in the student health center and refer survivors to a local hospital. The university has on-campus advocates and resources for sexual survivors and they provide information and resources on local rape crisis centers. The university does not explicitly state that campus police are trauma informed, but do say that “determining the extent of physical and emotional trauma that the victim has suffered will be the officer’s first concern.”
March 1, 2017
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