Temple University has sexual assault prevention training available but it is unclear whether the training is only available online or if it is also offered in-person. However, they do not appear to offer bystander intervention training. Temple University has a clear definition of sexual assault that includes acts other than intercourse. The university also has an affirmative consent policy, but their definition of affirmative consent does not match EROC’s definition. Temple University does not forbid retaliation against survivors or provide a definition of what constitutes retaliation.
The investigation process at Temple University is unclear. They state that the Equal Opportunity Commission (EOC) will investigate cases of sexual assault, but do not specify whether an individual or panel does this. Temple University states that if the EOC determines that a student is responsible, a Senior Officer for Student Affairs or their designee initiates disciplinary procedures. It is unclear whether sanctions are determined through this process or whether a survivor must undergo two separate investigatory proceedings in order to receive a finding of responsibility. There is no information provided on what this process looks like. The Appellate Board reviews appeals, and sanctions may be imposed immediately or hold off until the end of appeals depending on the nature of the case and sanctions. Temple University provides a range of sanctions that include: disciplinary probation, educational programming, suspension or expulsion from university housing, and suspension or expulsion from the university. However, the university does not publicize the number of cases and sanctions. They do not provide a timeline for the investigation process, but specify that accused students and complainants are allowed to have an attorney present. The university states that mediation will not be used in cases of sexual assault. They do not state that investigators are trauma informed.
Temple University provides accommodations to survivors outside of the adjudication process “if reasonably available.” They have a student health center where emergency contraception is available, but they do not have a sexual assault center and cannot perform an evidentiary exam. The university does not have an on-campus advocacy center but they do have a Sexual Assault Counseling and Education (SACE) program and they provide information and resources on local rape crisis centers. They do not specify whether campus police are trauma informed.
March 1, 2017
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