Texas A&M has sexual assault prevention training that is in-person and includes bystander intervention. They have an Office of CLEAR: Consensual Language, Education, Awareness, and Relationships. They do not have a definition for sexual assault; they only have definitions for sexual abuse (which only includes penetration) and sexual contact. The university has an affirmative consent policy, but their definition of affirmative consent only partially matches EROC’s definition.
One panel makes both a finding of responsibility and a decision on sanctions. However, it is unclear whether their decision is made by majority vote or whether it must be unanimous. The University Disciplinary Appeals Panel makes decisions on appeals. Sanctions are on hold until the end of appeals, but the Dean of Students can put suspension or expulsion in place immediately if the student poses a threat to the community. Texas A&M does not provide a sanctioning code and does not publicize the number of cases and sanctions. Attorneys are allowed at the student’s expense, there is an investigation timeline of 55 days, and mediation is explicitly forbidden in cases of sexual violence. The university does not state that investigators are trauma informed, only that they have received training
They provide accommodations for survivors outside of the investigation and adjudication process. Texas A&M also has a student health center that offers emergency contraception. The student health center provides assistance for survivors and exams can be performed there. The Women’s Resource Center provides advocacy services on-campus and the university has a partnership with a local rape crisis center. However, they do not specify whether campus police are trauma informed.
March 1, 2017
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