The University of Mississippi does not define “sexual assault,” and only list “sexual penetration”, “sexual harassment, and “sexual touching” as offenses. They provide in-person sexual assault prevention training that includes bystander intervention, and do require training upon matriculation, although it is unclear whether the required training is in-person with bystander intervention. The university has an affirmative consent policy, and their definition of affirmative consent matches EROC’s definition. They forbid and provide a definition of retaliation.
The Title IX Coordinator investigates complaints of sexual misconduct. The Title IX Coordinator decides whether there is enough evidence to forward the complaint to the Office of Conflict Resolution and Student Conduct for a hearing. A three person hearing board then determines the finding of responsibility and the sanctions. The University of Mississippi does not specify whether hearing board’s votes on these decisions must be unanimous or a simple majority vote. A sanctioning code is provided. The university specifies that both parties have a right to have an attorney present, though they are discouraged from participating in the investigative process. The Appellate Consideration Board reviews appeals of both the finding of responsibility and sanctions, but it is not clear whether this decision is made by majority or unanimous vote. The University of Mississippi also does not specify whether sanctions go into effect immediately or hold off until the end of appeals. The University of Mississippi specifies a 60 day timeline for completing investigations. Mediation is explicitly forbidden in cases of sexual assault. The university does not specify whether investigators are trauma informed.
November 3, 2017
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