The University of Texas – Austin provides sexual assault prevention training, but it is not in-person and does not include bystander intervention. They have a definition of sexual assault that includes acts other than intercourse. The university also has an affirmative consent policy, but their definition of affirmative consent only partially matches EROC’s definition. Retaliation against survivors is forbidden and they provide a clear definition of what constitutes retaliation.
The University of Texas - Austin states that investigators look into the allegations and make a finding of responsibility. It is not clear whether this decision must be unanimous or whether it is made by majority vote. They state that either the Dean of Students or a Hearing Officer makes a decision on sanctions. The President makes a decision on appeals and sanctions are on hold until the end of appeals. They do not provide a sanctioning code or publicize the number of cases and sanctions. The university does not forbid mediation in cases of sexual assault or provide a clear timeline for the investigation. They allow attorneys to be present throughout the process. University of Texas - Austin does not state that investigators are trauma informed, only that they have received training.
The university states that, pending a hearing, they may temporarily suspend a dangerous student respondent. However, there do not appear to be accommodations for survivors outside of this. University of Texas - Austin has a student health center with emergency contraception. The student health center also provides sexual assault forensic exams. There is an on-campus advocacy center called Voices Against Violence and they have a partnership with a local rape crisis center. However, they do not specify whether campus police are trauma informed.
March 1, 2017
March 1, 2017
http://catalog.utexas.edu/general-information/appendices/appendix-c/student-discipline-and-conduct/ http://catalog.utexas.edu/general-information/appendices/appendix-d/ https://healthyhorns.utexas.edu/contactuhs.html https://healthyhorns.utexas.edu/hs_uhssexualassaultforensicexams.html https://cmhc.utexas.edu/vav/vav_sexualviolence.html