The University of Central Arkansas offers in-person sexual assault prevention training that includes bystander intervention. The university has a sexual assault definition that includes acts other than intercourse and has an affirmative consent policy. However, their definition of affirmative consent only partially matches EROC’s definition. The University of Central Arkansas defines and forbids retaliation against complainants.
University of Central Arkansas states that, in order for an investigation to be conducted, the Title IX Coordinator first decides if they believe the complaint sounds reasonable based on meetings with the complainant and accused. If the Title IX Coordinator decides the allegations should be investigated, an investigative team constituting the Deputy Title IX Coordinators examines the case and renders a finding of responsibility. It is unclear whether this decision must be decided unanimously or by majority vote. The Title IX Coordinator will consult with the Dean of Students or their designee in deciding sanctions. The university provides a list of potential sanctions that range from mandated counseling to expulsion. They do not specify whether students may have an attorney present during the adjudication process and do not publicize the number of cases and sanctions. The university forbids mediation in cases of sexual assault and specifies that their investigators receive training on issues of sexual assault but do not explicitly state that the investigators are “trauma-informed”. The university specifies a timeline of 60 days for a sexual assault investigation. Students may appeal the responsibility and sanctioning decisions and a hearing panel appointed by the Title IX Coordinator will hear the appeal and decide by majority vote. It is unclear whether sanctions are imposed immediately or hold off until the end of appeals.
The university guarantees accommodations to complainants outside of the investigation and adjudication process. The University of Central Arkansas has a health center but no center for sexual assault survivors. They also do not specify whether they can provide emergency contraception. They do not have an advocacy center on campus for sexual assault survivors and do not specify whether campus police are trauma informed. The university does provide resources on local rape crisis centers.
August 30, 2017
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