There is sexual assault prevention training that is in-person and includes bystander intervention. They provide a clear definition of sexual assault that includes acts other than intercourse. The university also has an affirmative consent policy and their definition of affirmative consent matches EROC’s definition. However, they do not forbid retaliation against survivors or provide a definition of what constitutes retaliation.
The investigation process is missing information and unclear. University of South Carolina states that, in a student judicial hearing, the University brings allegations against the accused and the survivor assumes the role of a witness. The Office of Student Conduct assess which Student Code of Conduct charges should be made and offer the alleged student(s) the option of having a Carolina Judicial Council hearing or a conduct hearing. A Carolina Judicial Council panel of students, faculty, and staff hears most cases of interpersonal violence. They do not specify how these panels come to findings of responsibility, whether it is by majority vote or if the decision must be unanimous. They also do not specify who decides on sanctions or what that process is. The Vice President of Student Affairs and Academic Support reviews any appeals; the university does not say whether sanctions go into effect immediately or if they hold off until the end of the appeals process. They provide a sanctioning code for sexual assault that ranges from a written warning or reprimand to expulsion. They do not specify whether an attorney may be present during the investigation and adjudication process, do not forbid mediation in cases of sexual assault, and do not publicize the number of cases and sanctions. The university provides an investigation timeline of 30 days. They do not say whether investigators are trauma informed, they only state that Carolina Judicial Council panelists have received training.
They may provide accommodations to survivors outside of the adjudication process, but add the caveat: “when reasonably possible, requests will be accommodated.” University of South Carolina has a student health center that provides emergency contraception. However, their student health center does not have a sexual assault center and they refer survivors to a local hospital. The university has an on-campus advocacy center for survivors called the Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention & Prevention. They also provide information and resources on local rape crisis centers, but they do not specify whether campus police are trauma informed.
March 1, 2017
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