Purdue does not provide a definition for sexual assault however, and only discusses “non-consensual sexual contact” and “non-consensual sexual intercourse”, which include acts other than penetration. Purdue University requires in-person sexual assault prevention training that includes bystander intervention. Purdue has an affirmative consent policy and their definition of affirmative consent matches EROC’s definition. Purdue defines and forbids retaliation.
A “University Investigator” is appointed by the Dean of Students to handle formal complaints. The investigator makes a finding of responsibility, which is reviewed by a three member panel selected by the Chancellor, Dean of Students, or Director from the Advisory Committee on Equity. It is unclear whether the panel makes decisions based on majority or unanimous vote. Sanctions are determined by the appropriate Vice President or Dean or Director. In the case of a disagreement between the Director and the designated VP or Dean, the Director will refer to the Provost. A sanctioning code is provided and sanctions for sexual assault range from verbal or written warnings to expulsion. Attorneys are allowed to be present on behalf of both parties. The Vice President for Ethics and Compliance hears appeals for both the finding of responsibility and sanctions. Purdue does not specify whether sanctions go into effect immediately or if they hold off until the end of the appeals process. Purdue gives a specified timeline of 30 days for completing investigations. Additionally, the university does not specifically state that investigators are trauma-informed and simply says that investigators received training. Mediation is forbidden in cases of sexual assault.
Purdue University provides accommodations to survivors outside of the adjudication process. Counseling and Psychological Services have therapists who are specially trained in college mental health, and have counselors with experience in trauma response and healing. Purdue’s Women’s Clinic at the Student Health Center that provides sexual assault services, emergency contraception, and STI testing. The university refers survivors to local hospitals for evidentiary exams. Medical services are not available on campus after hours. They have a Center for Advocacy, Response, and Education that provides programming, survivor advocacy during investigations, and accompaniment in seeking services and accommodations. Purdue provides information about local rape crisis centers. It is unclear whether campus police are trauma informed.
October 26, 2017
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