The University of Southern Maine provides in-person sexual assault prevention training that does not include bystander intervention. There is a clear definition of sexual assault that includes acts other than intercourse. There is also an affirmative consent policy and their definition of affirmative consent matches EROC’s definition. The university forbids retaliation against survivors and define what retaliation includes.
An officer appointed by the University of Southern Maine’s President investigates and makes a finding of responsibility and decision about sanctions in cases of sexual assault. However, if the officer is in doubt about either the sanctions or finding of responsibility, they can refer the matter to the committee. It is unclear whether the committee will decide by majority vote or whether their decision must be unanimous. The respondent can appeal the finding or sanction, but there is no statement on whether the complainant can also appeal the finding or sanction. The President reviews appeals submitted by the respondent. Sanctions usually go into effect immediately, but a respondent can submit a request for review a by the committee. The University of Southern Maine provides a sanctioning code and, in cases of sexual assault, the sanctions range from the assignment of an education project to disciplinary dismissal (which is subject to review after five years). They do not publicize the number of cases and sanctions. All parties are allowed to have an attorney present and a timeline for the investigation is not given. They specifically forbid mediation in cases of sexual violence. The University of Southern Maine does not specify that investigators are trauma informed, only that they have received training. (The University of Southern Maine uses the same investigation and adjudication process as the University of Maine.)
The University of Southern Maine provides accommodations to survivors outside of the investigation and adjudication process “if they are reasonably available.” These accommodations are available regardless of whether a survivor makes a formal complaint or report. There is a student health center on-campus that offers emergency contraception, but they do not appear to have a sexual assault center. The University of Southern Maine has an on-campus sexual assault advocacy center called the Campus Safety Project and they provide resources and information on local rape crisis centers. The university does not state whether campus police are trauma informed.
March 1, 2017
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