In-person sexual assault prevention training is required and includes bystander intervention. Washington State University does not provide a definition of sexual assault on their website, only nonconsensual sexual contact. Their definition of consent only matches four of EROC’s requirements. The university does forbid retaliation against survivors and provides a definition of what constitutes retaliation.
The Office for Equal Opportunity conducts investigations, although it is unclear who within the office or how many people. A Conduct Board Panel hears cases of sexual assault and makes a finding of responsibility, though it is unclear whether by majority or unanimous vote. The same panel makes a decision on sanctions, but it is unclear whether this decision is made by majority vote or if it must be unanimous. No sanctions code is provided. The standing OEO Appeals Committee reviews appeals, which are limited to cases of insufficient investigation, substantial procedural error, and/or new information being found. The university specifies that decisions and sanctions become final 21 days after the date the decision is signed, unless an appeal is filed before that date. Washington State University does not publicize the number of cases and sanctions. They allow attorneys to be present during the investigation and adjudication process and set an investigation timeline of 60 days. It is unclear whether mediation is unavailable for cases of sexual violence. The university does not state that investigators are trauma informed, only that they have received training.
Washington State University states that they provide accommodations to survivors outside of the investigation process, but do not specify what those accommodations might include. They have a student health center, Health and Wellness Services, that offers emergency contraception, STI testing, and forensic exams. Counseling services are offered, but it is unclear whether there are counselors trained in working with survivors. There is no center that specifically offers sexual assault crisis intervention services. The university does not have an on-campus advocacy center for sexual assault survivors, but does have some resources available through the counseling center. They do have information and resources on local rape crisis centers. Washington State University’s campus police are trauma informed.
October 30, 2017
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