Texas Southern University’s definition of sexual assault only includes penetration. The university offers sexual assault prevention training but it is not clear whether it is in-person or online, whether it includes bystander intervention training, or whether it is required for students. The school forbids retaliation but does not define it.
The Title IX Coordinator conducts investigations. There is little information on how findings of responsibility or sanctions are determines, just that the university will take appropriate steps based on the student conduct code. Possible sanctions are listed. The university states that the respondent may have an advisor, but does not include information about whether a complainant may also have an advisor present. The university also only states that the respondent may appeal, but it does not state to whom the appeal is made or whether the complainant also has the same right to appeal. It is also unclear whether the appeal can be made to the finding of responsibility, sanctions, or both. The university does not state whether sanctions go into effect immediately or hold off until the end of appeals. The university specifies a 60 day timeline for completing investigations. Investigators are not trauma informed and mediation is not explicitly forbidden for cases of sexual violence.
Texas Southern University does not state whether survivors may access accommodations outside the investigative process. The school has a Counseling Center and a Student Health Center. Specific services are not described and there is no sexual assault crisis center. It is not clear whether the university refers survivors to the community to receive evidentiary exams. Medical services are not available after hours on campus and there is no sexual assault advocacy center. The school does not provide information on local rape crisis centers and campus police are not trauma informed.
November 5, 2017