The University of New Hampshire has in-person sexual assault prevention training that includes bystander intervention. They have a definition of sexual assault that includes acts other than intercourse. The university defines consent, but does not have an affirmative consent policy and therefore their definition of consent does not match EROC’s definition. The University of New Hampshire forbids retaliation against complainants and provides a definition of retaliation.
At the University of New Hampshire, either a Hearing Officer or Hearing Board makes a finding of responsibility and decides on sanctions. In cases where suspension or dismissal may be a likely outcome, respondents can choose a Hearing Board to resolve the charges. In all other cases, there will be a Hearing Officer to determine responsibility and sanctions. The Hearing Board makes a decision by majority vote. A tie vote results in a finding of “not responsible.” Either an Appellate Board or Appellate Officer hears appeals, but they do not specify whether sanctions go into effect immediately or hold off until the end of appeals. The University of New Hampshire states that the minimum possible sanction for those found guilty of sexual misconduct that includes penetration is a one-year suspension. They state that both parties may have an attorney present and that the timeline for investigations is 20 working days. They do not specify whether mediation is forbidden in cases of sexual assault, do not publicize the number of cases and sanctions, and do not state whether investigators are trauma informed.
The university states that “in certain circumstances,” interim restrictions on respondents may be imposed prior to a hearing. However, they do not specify if other accommodations are available for survivors or whether survivors who do not make an official report have access to similar accommodations. The University of New Hampshire has a student health center with emergency contraception, but the health center does not have a sexual assault center and they refer survivors to a hospital in the community. There is an on-campus advocacy center for sexual assault survivors called the Sexual Harassment and Rape Prevention Program (SHARPP) that offers advocates to accompany survivors to the hospital, help survivors receive initial accommodations, talk through the survivor’s experience and provide information on legal and medical options. The university does not provide information on local resources and rape crisis centers. Campus police undergo annual training.
March 1, 2017
http://www.unh.edu/ocs/student-code-conduct-and-judicial-process https://www.unh.edu/sharpp/sexual-assault https://www.unh.edu/health-services/services/emergency-contraception-available-unh-health-services http://www.unh.edu/sharpp/offcampus-resources http://www.unh.edu/counseling-center/sexual-assault