Southern University A&M has in-person sexual assault prevention training, but it does not appear to include bystander intervention. They provide a clear definition of sexual assault that includes acts other than intercourse. The university also has an affirmative consent policy; however, their definition of affirmative consent only partially matches EROC’s definition. Retaliation against survivors is forbidden and definition of retaliation is forbidden.
The investigation process is unclear. The University Judicial Committee makes a determination of responsibility. However, it is unclear whether that decision is made by majority vote or whether it must be unanimous. The university also does not clarify who is responsible for determining sanctions. The Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs hears any appeals. Sanctions are imposed immediately and stay in place unless overturned by an appeal. The sanctioning code lists disciplinary actions ranging from probation to expulsion. Southern University A&M states that students may have attorneys present during investigation process at their own expense and specifies an investigation timeline of 60 days. The university does not publicize the number of cases and sanctions and does not forbid mediation in cases of sexual assault. Additionally, the university does not state that investigators are trauma informed, only that they have received training.
Southern University A&M provides accommodations to survivors outside of the adjudication process. There is an on-campus student health center that offers emergency contraception and has a sexual assault center which hosts a Sexual Assault Response Team (SART). The university provides information and resources on local rape crisis centers, but does not specify whether investigators are trauma informed.
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