Rather than defining sexual assault, the university defines sexual misconduct as unwanted penetration and non-consensual personal contact. The University of Oregon requires online sexual assault prevention training and offers optional in-person sexual assault prevention training, which includes bystander intervention. There is an affirmative consent policy but it does not match EROC’s definition of affirmative consent. The university defines and forbids retaliation.
A single trained investigator will interview parties and then issue an investigative report, including a finding of responsibility. The Director of Student Conduct, in consultation with a decision-maker and the Title IX Coordinator, decides sanctions. Possible sanctions are listed. Both parties may retain attorneys at their own cost, but attorneys are discouraged from participating in the investigative process. Each party may file an appeal to the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards, and appeals can be made both to the finding and the sanction. An appeals officer or board makes the decision. It is unclear whether sanctions go into effect immediately or hold off until the end of the appeals process. The university specifies a general timeline of 60 business days for completing investigations. Investigators are not trauma informed. The University of Oregon forbids informal resolution procedures in cases of sexual misconduct.
The University of Oregon provides accommodations for survivors outside of the investigation and adjudication process. Counseling services are offered. University of Oregon’s University Health Center provides SANE exams and other sexual assault services. Medical services are only offered during business hours. There are advocates available for students living on campus 24/7. The Women’s Center provides legal services to survivors, as well as events, programming, survivor advocacy, and accompaniment in seeking services. The university provides information and resources on local rape crisis centers. They specify that campus police are “trained”, not trauma informed.
November 5, 2017
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