12.4.15 | Stacey Schimmel
Many students are aware of the stigmas associated with sexual assault, but few know what to do if accused. On Tuesday night, the Binghamton University ombudsman and eight panelists explained the rights and resources for those filing or facing sexual assault charges.
At the Dickinson Community fireplace, Ombudsman Bathabile Mthombeni led the conversation between a panel of representatives from the Title IX Coordinators, the University Police Department (UPD), the Dean of Students office, the University Counseling Center (UCC), Residential Life, Student Conduct, Off-Campus Services and Chief Diversity Officer. The speakers explained the process that ensues after complaint is received by their office.
According to the Student Code of Conduct, sexual assault is any physical sexual act committed against another person without affirmative consent, here defined as a voluntary agreement between the parties which can be withdrawn at any time. Both consent and withdrawal need not be verbal, but must be clear.