The University of Maine has in-person sexual assault prevention training that includes bystander intervention. There is a clear definition of sexual assault that includes acts other than intercourse as well as an affirmative consent policy. Their definition of affirmative consent matches EROC’s definition. Retaliation against survivors if forbidden and retaliation is clearly defined.
An officer appointed by the University of Maine President investigates and makes a finding of responsibility. The same officer also decides the sanctions in cases of sexual assault. However, if the officer is in doubt about either the sanctions or finding of responsibility, they can refer the question to the committee. It is unclear whether the committee will decide by majority vote or whether their decision must be unanimous. The respondent can appeal the finding or sanction, but it is not stated whether the survivor can also appeal the finding or sanction. The President reviews appeals from the respondent. Sanctions usually go into effect immediately, but a respondent can submit a request for review by the committee. The University of Maine provides a sanctioning code and, in cases of sexual assault, the sanctions range from the assignment of an education project to disciplinary dismissal (which is subject to review after five years). The number of cases and sanctions is not publicized. All parties are allowed to have an attorney present. A timeline for the investigation is not given. The University of Maine does not specify that investigators are trauma informed, only that they have received training. They specifically forbid mediation in cases of sexual violence.
The university provides accommodations for survivors outside of the adjudication process “if such measures are reasonably available.” Survivors do not have to file a formal complaint in order to be eligible for accommodations. The University of Maine has a student health center which offers emergency contraception. It is unclear whether the student health center has a sexual assault center. There is an on-campus advocacy center for sexual assault survivors called the Campus Safety Project that provides information and resources on local rape crisis centers. The university does not state whether campus police are trauma informed.
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