The University of South Dakota has sexual assault prevention training that is in-person and includes bystander intervention. They have a 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. They forbid retaliation against survivors and provide a definition of what constitutes retaliation.
They state that a Vice President or equivalent will investigate the case and make a finding of responsibility and decision on sanctions. The institutional chief executive officer reviews any appeals. It is not clear whether sanctions go into effect immediately or hold off until the end of appeals, but the university states that the “imposition of sanctions can be delayed for any reason.” University of South Dakota does not provide a sanctioning code, does not specify whether an attorney may be present during the investigation and adjudication process, and does not publicize the number of cases and sanctions. They provide an investigation timeline of 40 days and forbid mediation in cases of sexual assault. They do not specify whether investigators are trauma informed, only that they have received training.
It appears that they might provide accommodations for survivors outside of the adjudication process. They state that “interim measures will be available when appropriate,” but do not specify when it would be appropriate. The University of South Dakota has a student health center that has emergency contraception. However, the student health center does not have a sexual assault center. The university does not have an on-campus advocacy center for survivors of sexual assault. They provide information and resources on local rape crisis centers, but do not specify whether campus police are trauma informed.
March 1, 2017