They have a definition of sexual assault that is inclusive and encompasses acts other than intercourse. The University of Colorado (CU) Boulder requires sexual assault prevention training that is in-person and includes bystander intervention. The university has an affirmative consent policy, but their definition of affirmative consent does not match EROC’s. CU Boulder has a policy that defines and forbids retaliation against complainants.
A single investigator makes a finding of responsibility and issues the sanctions. The university does not have a clear sanctioning code for sexual assault and does not publicize the number of cases and sanctions. CU Boulder allows attorneys to assist both complainants and respondents. The university states that there is no appeals procedure and that sanctions go into effect immediately. They state that investigators are specially trained in issues of sexual assault, but do not specifically state whether the investigators are “trauma-informed.” CU Boulder specifies an investigation timeline of 60 days. CU Boulder does not appear to forbid mediation in cases of sexual assault.
CU Boulder guarantees accommodations for complainants outside of the investigation and adjudication process. Counseling services are offered but there is no mention of whether counselors are trained specifically in working with survivors. The university has a health center, the Wardenburg Health Center, where emergency contraception and STI testing is available, although they are not available 24/7. They do not have a sexual assault crisis intervention center and they refer survivors who need a SANE exam and sexual assault services to a community medical center. They do have an on-campus sexual assault advocacy center, the Office of Victim Assistance, which holds events, programming, and accompaniment in seeking accommodations. They also provide information on local rape crisis centers. They do not mention whether campus police are trauma-informed.
October 15, 2017
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