Their definition of sexual assault only includes intercourse and not other sexual acts. Western Kentucky University provides sexual assault prevention training that includes bystander intervention, but it is unclear whether this training is administered in-person. There is an affirmative consent policy and their definition of affirmative consent matches EROC’s definition. Retaliation is neither defined nor forbidden and no policy on retaliation is mentioned.
A university committee for student disciplinary matters hears cases of sexual assault and issues findings of responsibility and determinations about sanctions. They do not specify whether these decisions are made by a majority vote or whether they must be unanimous. The Vice-President for Student Affairs hears and makes decisions about appeals. Sanctions are implemented immediately and do not hold off until the end of appeals, unless the Director of Judicial Affairs stays their implementation. Western Kentucky University provides a confusing sanctioning code. They state that sanctions can range from a “disciplinary agreement” to expulsion. The university states that students can be accompanied to the conference by any third party, but must receive written approval from the university at least three working days prior to the conference. The university does not specify an investigation timeline, does not publicize the number of cases and sanctions, does not explicitly forbid mediation in cases of sexual assault, and does not mention whether investigators are trauma informed.
Western Kentucky University states that accommodations may be available to survivors outside of the adjudication process “if such changes are reasonably available.” They state that no formal complaint or investigation is needed before this option is available. Western Kentucky University has a student health center, but it is unclear whether emergency contraception is available or if there is an associated sexual assault center. There is a Sexual Assault Services Coordinator (SASC) within their counseling center that provides advocacy on campus. Information and resources on local rape crisis centers is provided by the university. Campus police are not specified to be trauma informed.
March 1, 2017
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