They do not provide a definition of sexual assault and instead separately define non-consensual sexual contact and non-consensual sexual intercourse. Portland State University requires sexual assault prevention training, but it is online and does not appear to include bystander intervention. The university has an affirmative consent policy and their definition of affirmative consent matches EROC’s definition. The university provides a definition of retaliation and forbids retaliation against survivors.
Portland State University states that either the Director of Conduct and Community Standards, Director of Student Life, or the Student Conduct Committee determines the finding of responsibility. Different parties are listed on different areas of PSU’s website. Either the Director of Student Life or the Director of Conduct and Community Standards are likely to administer sanctions. Possible sanctions are listed. Both parties are allowed attorneys, but it is unclear to what extent they are allowed to participate in the process. The Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs hears appeals. It is unclear when sanctions go into place. There is an investigation timeline of 60 days and it is not specified whether investigators are trauma informed. The university forbids mediation in cases of sexual assault.
Portland State University provides accommodations to survivors outside of the adjudication process. Counselors specifically trained in working with interpersonal violence survivors are available through the Women’s Resource Center and the Queer Resource Center. The campus health center, the Center for Student Health and Counseling, that offers SANE exams, sexual assault treatment services, emergency contraception, STI testing, and trauma-informed nurses. The university has on-campus intimate partner violence advocates through the Women’s Center and the Queer Resource Center. Information and resources on local rape crisis centers is provided by the university. Portland State University does not specify whether campus police are trauma informed.
October 15, 2017
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