The University of Tennessee has sexual assault prevention training that is in-person and includes bystander intervention, but it is not required. They have 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. They also forbid retaliation against survivors and provide a clear definition of what retaliation constitutes.
The Student Conduct office conducts the investigation, including interviews with the complainant, respondent and witnesses. For good cause, the Title IX Coordinator may select an investigator external to SCCS - this investigator must have specific training and experience investigating allegations of prohibited conduct. It is unclear who determines the finding of responsibility. The student conduct office completes the investigation, and implements the means of resolution but it does not explicitly state that this body determines the outcomes. It is also unclear who determines the sanctions. Possible sanctions are listed. Attorneys are allowed to be present on behalf of both parties but are discouraged from actively participating in the investigative procedure. The complainant may appeal if the SCCS determines no action should be taken. The appeal is reviewed by the Title IX coordinator and his/her decision is final. There is also language for appeals that come out of Formal Hearings - it is unclear when these formal hearings are used - but if the result of them are contested the appeal is reviewed by an Appellate Board. Sanctions are on hold until the appeal is complete. They provide an investigation timeline of 60 days and forbid mediation in cases of sexual violence. They do not state that investigators are trauma informed, only that they have received training. The university publishes the number of cases, investigations, and sanctions in an annual report.
They provide accommodations to survivors outside of the investigation and adjudication process. The Student Counseling Center offers counseling.The Women’s Health Clinic in the Student Health Center offers emergency counseling and STI testing. The student health center does not have a sexual assault crisis center. The school refers survivors into the community to receive evidentiary exams. Medical services are not available on campus after hours. There is a Center for Health Education and Wellness, which provides events and programming about sexual assault. The university provides information and resources on local rape crisis centers, but do not specify whether campus police are trauma informed.
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