Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) provides in-person sexual assault prevention training that includes bystander intervention. Their definition of sexual assault is unclear as it is not obvious whether sexual assault includes acts other than intercourse. The university does have an affirmative consent policy but their definition of affirmative consent does not match EROC’s definition. Retaliation against complainants is defined and forbidden.
The Title IX Coordinator determines if there is enough evidence that a violation happened and, if they determine that there is evidence, they refer the matter to a Student Conduct Hearing and a Student Conduct Officer makes a ruling on responsibility and sanctions. If the Title IX Coordinator rules that there is not enough evidence, a survivor can appeal that decision to a Title IX Advisory Group. The Senior Associate Vice President for Student affairs, or his/her designee, hears any appeals. They do not specify whether sanctions go into effect immediately or hold off until the end of appeals. Virginia Tech does not provide a sanctioning code, does not publicize the number of cases and sanctions, and does not forbid mediation in cases of sexual violence. They allow attorneys to be present during the investigation and adjudication process and provide an investigation timeline of 60 days. The university does not state that investigators are trauma informed, only that they have received training.
Virginia Tech provides accommodations to survivors outside of the investigation and adjudication process “to the extent reasonably available.” There is a student health center that provides emergency contraception as well as STI testing and treatment. However, the student health center does not have a sexual assault center. Students are evaluated at the Women’s Clinic and are then referred either to the Women’s Resource Center or to the Cook Counseling Center. There is a SANE officer on-site but no SAFE program and rape kits are offered on-site at the Women’s Clinic. The university has advocacy services available for survivors on-campus through the Women’s Resource Center. There are people on-call 24/7 through the Women’s Resource Center and the Cook Counseling Center for times when the Women’s Clinic is closed, such as on the weekends. Virginia Tech has information and resources on local rape crisis centers, but does not specify whether campus police are trauma informed.
August 18, 2017
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