The University of Alabama offers limited resources in sexual assault prevention efforts. They have online bystander intervention training but no in-person training is offered. Their definition of sexual assault includes only acts of penetration or intercourse. The University of Alabama does have an affirmative consent policy and their definition of affirmative consent meets EROC’s standard. The University of Alabama prohibits retaliation for survivors who report and provides a clear definition of retaliation.
In the adjudication process, the Title IX coordinator or investigator, in consultation with the Office of Student Conduct, makes a finding of responsibility. The investigation should take 60 days or less, unless the University determines that additional time is required. Sanctioning can be decided by the Title IX Coordinator and approved by the Conduct Administrator. Alternatively, a hearing on sanctions can be requested after the initial finding of responsibility. If there is a hearing, the finding will be determined by a majority vote of the panel. Both the complainant and respondent are entitled to have an attorney as an advisor, at their own expense. Appeals will be heard by a student conduct body, which will issue a decision and sanction based on majority vote. It is unclear whether sanctions go into effect immediately or hold off until appeals. University of Alabama does not list a sanctioning code for sexual assault, does not publicize the number of cases reported through the school process, and does not publish data about sanctions given for committing sexual assault. It does not state that the investigators are “trauma-informed,” only that they have received “special training.” Their student conduct code specifically states that mediation is not an option for allegations of sexual assault.
The university offers academic and living accommodations for survivors regardless of whether they go through a hearing, but it is not clear whether a report must be filed in order to do so outside of the adjudication process. The university has a health center, but provides no information on whether contraceptives are available or whether they have services for sexual assault survivors, such as emergency STI/STD prevention or counselors who specialize in working with survivors. The Women and Gender Resource Center participates in campus-wide programs to increase awareness about sexual assault and provides survivors with information on services available on-campus. University of Alabama does not provide resources on local Rape Crisis Centers and the campus police do not mention having trauma-informed training or practices.
October 9, 2017
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