There is a clear definition of sexual assault that includes acts other than intercourse. The University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP) provides in-person sexual assault prevention training that does not include bystander intervention and is not required. They also have an affirmative consent policy and their definition of affirmative consent matches EROC’s definition. Retaliation against survivors is clearly defined and forbidden.
An investigator designated by the Title IX Officer conducts investigations, including a finding of responsibility. If the investigator determines a policy violation occurred, the Director of Student Conduct refers the matter to either a Standing Review Committee (if suspension or expulsion are possible outcomes) or a disciplinary conference (if suspension or expulsion are not possible outcomes). The Standing Review Committees makes decisions by majority vote, but it is unclear how a disciplinary conference operates. Both the Standing Review Committees and disciplinary conferences can make decisions about sanctions. It is unclear whether they make a final decision on responsibility or if that is the sole decision of the investigator appointed by the Title IX officer. The University of Maryland, College Park provides possible sanctions. Either party may have an attorney with them through the process at their own expense, though attorneys are discouraged from actively participating in the investigative procedures. The University Senate Student Conduct Committee, composed of three members including at least one student, will decide the outcome of appeals. The decision is final, except in cases involving expulsion or suspension, which require approval by the VP for Student Affairs. Sanctions may go into effect before the appeal, depending on the decision by the Director of Student Conduct. University of Maryland, College Park specifies a 60 day timeline for completing investigations. They specify that mediation is not appropriate in cases of sexual violence. The university does not state that investigators are trauma informed, only that they have received training.
The University of Maryland, College Park states that they may authorize accommodations for survivors outside of the adjudication process, but these accommodations are not guaranteed. Campus Advocates Respond and Educate (CARE) to Stop Violence Campus Advocates Respond and Educate (CARE) to Stop Violence offers short term counseling and the University Health Services offer counseling as well. It is unclear what kind of training those counselors receive. The University Health Center offers emergency contraception and STI testing, but they do not appear to have a sexual assault crisis center. The school refers students to a local hospital to receive evidentiary exams. On-campus medical services are not available after hours. There is also an advocacy center for sexual assault survivors on campus called CARE (Campus Advocates Respond and Educate), which provides programming, survivor advocacy in investigations, and accompaniment in seeking services or accommodations. The university provides information and resources on local rape crisis centers but do not specify whether campus police are trauma informed.
October 31, 2017
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