The University of Kentucky’s definition of sexual assault includes acts other than penetration. The university provides sexual assault prevention training that includes bystander intervention and is in-person, but is not required. While there is an affirmative consent policy, their definition of affirmative consent only partially matches EROC’s definition. The University of Kentucky defines and forbids retaliation.
The Title IX Coordinator or designee conducts investigations. A Sexual Misconduct Hearing Panel conducts hearings to determine findings of responsibility. It is unclear whether these decisions are made by majority vote or whether they must be unanimous. The hearing panel also recommends a sanction, but the Dean of Students makes the final decision on what sanctions to impose. Possible sanctions are listed. Attorneys for both parties are allowed to be present during the investigation and adjudication process and are discouraged from actively participating in the investigative procedures. The Sexual Misconduct Appeals Board decides appeals for both the finding of responsibility and the sanctions. They do not specify whether sanctions go into effect immediately or are on hold until the end of appeals. There is a timeline of 60 days given for investigations. Mediation is not forbidden in cases of sexual assault. They do not state that investigators are trauma-informed and simply state that they have received training.
The University of Kentucky does not guarantee accommodations for survivors outside of the adjudication process. They state that a complainant has the right to change their housing or academic arrangements “if such changes are reasonably available.” The University of Kentucky Counseling Center offers counseling services, though it is unclear whether counselors trained in working with survivors are available. The university has a student health center, University Health Service, where emergency contraception and STI testing are available. However, the student health center does not appear to have a sexual assault center and does not seem to refer survivors to local medical resources to have SANE exams completed. Medical services are not available on campus after hours. There is an advocacy and prevention center for sexual assault on campus called the Violence Intervention and Prevention (VIP) Center. The center provides programming, survivor advocacy in investigations, and accompaniment in seeking services or accommodations. The university provides information on local rape crisis centers but does not state whether campus police are trauma-informed.
November 1, 2017
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