Southern New Hampshire University does not have any information on sexual assault prevention trainings. They have a definition of sexual assault that includes acts other than intercourse as well as an affirmative consent policy. Their definition of affirmative consent matches EROC’s definition. The university also forbids retaliation against complainants and provides a clear definition of retaliation.
The investigation and adjudication process is inconsistent and unclear. Southern New Hampshire University states that the Director of Community Standards, Assistant Vice President of Student Success, or an authorized designee determines whether the incident will be handled through an administrative hearing or conduct board hearing. It is unclear how hearing boards make their decision and whether it must be unanimous or whether there is a simple majority vote. If the respondent is found guilty, the hearing officer or conduct board reviews the student’s conduct record and decides on a sanction. Again, it is unclear whether the panel makes this decision by majority vote or whether it must be unanimous. Southern New Hampshire University does not provide a sanctioning code and does not publicize the number of cases and sanctions. Appeals are heard by the Director of Community Standards, the Assistant Vice President of Student Success, an authorized designee, or an appeal board. The sanctions will go into effect immediately, rather than waiting until the end of appeals, if the Dean of Students believes that the sanctioned student or other members of the university community are at risk. They specify that an attorney may attend the hearing if criminal charges are pending. They provide an approximate investigation timeline of 60 days, do not allow mediation in cases of sexual misconduct, and do not specify whether investigators are trauma-informed.
Southern New Hampshire University does not mention any accommodations for survivors who do not report cases of sexual assault. There is a student health center on-campus but it is not equipped to provide emergency contraception, although they can provide prescriptions for emergency contraception and do provide regular birth control. The health center can only provide STI testing for procedures that do not require drawing blood (i.e. swabs, urine). While there is no on-campus advocacy center specifically for sexual assault survivors, there is a Wellness Center that is free and has staff on-call year round who are trained to work with sexual assault survivors. The university does not provide information or resources on local rape crisis centers and does not specify whether campus police are trauma informed.
August 18, 2017
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