Virginia State University provides an inclusive definition of sexual assault. The university offers online sexual assault prevention training, although it is not clear whether it includes bystander intervention training or is required. The school’s definition of consent only meets four of EROC/s 5 requirements. The school defines and forbids retaliation.
The Title IX Coordinator conducts investigations. The university states that the investigation will follow the discrimination grievance procedures but doesn't specify what these procedures are, and it is unclear how findings of responsibility and sanctions are determined. Possible sanctions are listed. Each party may retain an attorney, who are neither expressly encouraged or discouraged from active participation in the investigative procedures. The university also does not explain the appeals process, if any, or when sanctions go into place. Virginia State University specifies that investigations should be completed within 60 days. Investigators are described as trained but not trauma informed, and mediation is explicitly unavailable for cases of sexual violence.
The university does not say that survivors can access accommodations without filing an official report. Counseling Services are offered, but it does not specify that counselors are trained specifically in working with survivors. Student Health Services provides medical services, though there is no sexual assault crisis center. Student Health Services assists survivors in transportation to local medical services. On-campus medical services are not available after hours. There is no survivor advocacy center. The school provides information on local rape crisis centers. Campus police are not described as trauma informed.
November 5, 2017