Towson University offers in-person sexual assault prevention training that includes bystander intervention. There’s a clear definition of sexual assault that includes acts other than intercourse. Towson University also has an affirmative consent policy and their definition of affirmative consent matches EROC’s definition. No definition of retaliation is provided, however, nor is retaliation against survivors explicitly forbidden.
A University Hearing Board hears sexual assault cases and the University Hearing Officer, who presides over the hearing, makes the final decision of responsibility. It is unclear whether decisions on sanctions are made by the hearing officer, or if a different person or group makes that decision. Towson University states that a finding of responsibility for sexual violence typically results in suspension or expulsion. However, they do not publicize the number of cases and sanctions. The university provides a 60-day timeframe for investigations of sexual assault and permits an attorney to be present throughout the process. The Student Appeals Committee hears appeals and sanctions are generally placed on hold until after the appeal process is over, unless the student presents a compelling reason to the Vice President for Student Affairs. While the university does not specifically state that investigators are trauma informed, they do state that any university officials responsible for discussing safety and confidentiality with reporting parties should be trauma informed.
Towson University only states that students accused of sexual misconduct may be subject to interim actions/restrictions pending the outcome of the university’s disciplinary process. There is no mention of any accommodations for survivors who do not report. The university does not have a health center or sexual assault center. They have an organization called the Sexual Harassment and Assault Prevention and Education Committee (SHAPE) on-campus. However, this organization works on general policies and does not appear to provide advocacy services for survivors. Towson University provides information on local rape crisis centers, but fails to state whether campus police are trauma informed.
March 1, 2017
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