The University of North Dakota does not have sexual assault prevention training. The university does not define sexual assault and instead defines rape, which only includes acts of penetration, and fondling. The University of North Dakota has an affirmative consent policy, but their definition of affirmative consent does not match EROC’s definition. The university does not forbid retaliation against complainants and does not provide a definition of what constitutes retaliation.
Reports of violence are directed to the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities. The Student Conduct Administrators or hearing panel renders a finding of responsibility. It is unclear whether this decision is made by majority vote or whether it must be unanimous. It is also unclear whether this same panel decides on sanctions. The university mentions that decisions may be appealed, but does not provide information on this process and does not state whether sanctions go into effect immediately or hold off until the end of appeals. The University of North Dakota does not provide a sanctioning code, does not publicize the number of cases and sanctions, does not specify whether an attorney is allowed during the investigation process, does not specify whether investigators are trauma informed, and does not provide a timeline for investigations. Mediation is forbidden for cases of sexual violence.
The University of North Dakota provides accommodations to survivors outside of the investigation process. They have a student health center where emergency contraception is available. The student health center does not appear to have a sexual assault center and instead they refer survivors to a local hospital for assistance. The University of North Dakota does not have an on-campus advocacy center for sexual assault survivors but they do have a Women’s Center that does programs on assertiveness training, boundary setting, and recognizing and breaking cycles of violence. The university provides information on local rape crisis centers but does not specify whether campus police are trauma informed.
March 1, 2017
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