Rutgers University provides in-person sexual assault prevention training that includes bystander intervention. They have a clear definition of sexual assault that includes acts other than intercourse. They also have an affirmative consent policy, but their definition of affirmative consent only partially matches EROC’s definition. They forbid retaliation against complainants and provide a clear definition of retaliation.
Initially, the Title IX Coordinator will review the investigation report and determine whether the information supports charging the respondent. If the respondent denies responsibility, the university will convene a hearing and the hearing officer makes a finding of responsibility and decides on sanctions. Rutgers University does not have a sanctioning code and does not publicize the number of cases and sanctions. An “appeals officer makes decisions on appeals” and they do not specify whether sanctions go into effect immediately or hold off until the end of appeals. Both parties are allowed to have an attorney present and the university gives a timeline of 60 days for the investigation process. They forbid mediation in cases of sexual violence but do not state whether investigators are trauma informed.
Rutgers University provides accommodations for survivors outside the adjudication/investigation process and specifies that a survivor does not need to file a formal complaint or report in order to receive these accommodations. The university has a student health center with emergency contraception but does not have a sexual assault center and refers survivors to a local hospital. There is an on-campus advocacy center for survivors called the Office for Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance. However, they do not provide information on local resources and rape crisis centers off-campus. The university also does not specify whether campus police are trauma informed.
March 1, 2017
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