There is a clear definition of sexual assault that includes acts other than intercourse. The University of Michigan requires in-person sexual assault prevention training that includes bystander intervention. They also have an affirmative consent policy and their definition of affirmative consent matches EROC’s definition. Retaliation is defined and forbidden.
The Title IX Coordinator designates an investigator to investigate cases of sexual assault. The investigator’s report and decision of responsibility must be reviewed and approved by the Title IX Coordinator and reviewed by OGC. A sanctioning board composed of one student and two staff or faculty members chosen by the VP Student Life and the President decides sanctions. The University of Michigan does not specify whether this board makes decisions by majority vote or whether sanctioning decisions must be unanimous. Sanctions range from requiring students to take a workshop or complete an educational project up to expulsion. They do not publicize the number of cases and sanctions. The University of Michigan specifies that students can have an attorney present throughout the investigation process. An external reviewer will review and make decisions on appeals and they do not specify whether sanctions go into effect immediately or hold off until the end of appeals. The University of Michigan provides a specified investigation timeline should be 45 days.The university forbids mediation in cases of sexual assault and does not specify whether investigators are trauma informed. The university published the number of cases, investigations, and sanctions issued.
The University of Michigan provides accommodations for survivors outside of the adjudication process. The Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center offers group counseling and the Counseling and Psychological Services offers counseling. University Health Services provides emergency contraception, STI testing, sexual assault services and offers SANE exams. The Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center also provides events, programming, survivor advocacy in investigations, and accompaniment in seeking services and accommodations. The university also provides information on local rape crisis centers, but does not specify whether campus police are trauma informed.
November 10, 2017
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