The University of Cincinnati has in-person sexual assault prevention training that includes bystander intervention. The University of Cincinnati has a clear definition of sexual assault that includes acts other than intercourse. They also have an affirmative consent policy that matches EROC’s definition of affirmative consent. The university does not forbid retaliation against survivors or provide a definition of retaliation.
The case will be heard by an Administrative Review Committee, which makes a finding of responsibility. The Administrative Review Committee attempts to reach consensus in making a finding but, if there is no consensus, the outcome will be determined by majority vote. It is unclear whether the Administrative Review Committee or a different individual/panel decides on sanctions. The University Appeals Administrator hears appeals, but it is not specified whether sanctions go into effect immediately or hold off until the end of appeals. The University of Cincinnati does not have a sanctioning code for cases of sexual assault and does not publicize the number of cases or sanctions. Students may have an attorney present during the investigation and adjudication process, but must notify the committee chair 24 hours before the hearing panel starts to get permission. The university provides an investigation timeline of 60 days, forbid mediation in cases of sexual assault, and do not specify whether investigators are trauma informed.
The University of Cincinnati states that accommodations are available to survivors after receiving a report and before an investigation is completed, “as appropriate.” The university has a student health center where emergency contraception is available. However, the student health center does not have a sexual assault center and they refer survivors to a local hospital in order to have an evidentiary exam performed. The university provides advocates and counseling services for sexual assault survivors on-campus, but do not provide information or resources on local rape crisis centers. The university does not specify whether campus police are trauma informed.
March 1, 2017
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