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    Judicial Affairs & Mediation Services
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Traffic Citation Appeals

Student traffic citation appeals are heard by the Court of Traffic Appeals. Please visit the Student Government Association web site for full information.

Appeals may be made by visiting the SGA website, and decisions may be reviewed online as well.


Mediation

What is mediation?

Mediation is a process in which a neutral third party (mediator) facilitates the discussion and identification of issues between the disputants, the development of alternate solutions, and the negotiation of a mutually satisfying outcome to the dispute.

"Training Peer Mediators in the College and University Setting: A Trainer's Guide" by Rick Olshak

Helpful Definitions

Sexual Violence and Discrimination

Sexual discrimination is the exclusion from participation in and/or the denial of the benefits of any education program or activity based on sex or sexual orientation/gender identity/expression. Sex discrimination includes sexual harassment and sexual assault. Sexual violence is a general term that can include behaviors like rape, sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking. Middle Tennessee State University prohibits all forms of sexual discrimination and violence. Students suspected of engaging in these behaviors will be subject to the process described in MTSU Policy I:01:22 as well as the student disciplinary process related to violations of sexual battery/rape and sexual misconduct.

Definitions

Sexual Harassment — Unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature including sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature.

Sexual Violence — Physical sexual acts perpetrated against a person’s will or where a person is incapable of giving consent due to the victim’s use of drugs and alcohol. Includes rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, and sexual coercion.

Stalking — Stalking is a willful course of conduct involving repeated or continuing harassment of another individual that would cause a reasonable person to feel terrorized, frightened, intimidated, threatened, harassed, or molested, and that actually causes the accuser to feel terrorized, frightened, intimidated, threatened, harassed, or molested. Harassment means conduct directed toward the accuser that includes, but is not limited to, repeated or continuing unconsented contact that would cause a reasonable person to suffer emotional distress, and that actually causes the accuser to suffer emotional distress. Harassment does not include constitutionally protected activity or conduct that serves a legitimate purpose. TCA 39-17-315

Sexual Assault — The nonconsensual sexual contact with the accuser by the accused, or the accused by the accuser when force or coercion is used to accomplish the act, the sexual contact is accomplished without consent of the accuser, and the accused knows or has reason to know at the time of the contact that the accuser did not or could not consent. Sexual contact includes, but is not limited to, the intentional touching of the accuser’s, the accused’s, or any other person’s intimate parts, or the intentional touching of the clothing covering the immediate area of the accuser’s, the accused’s, or any other person’s intimate parts, if that intentional touching can be reasonably construed as being for the purpose of sexual arousal or gratification.

Domestic Violence — Violence against a person when the accuser and accused:

  1. are current or former spouses;
  2. live together or have lived together;
  3. are related by blood or adoption;
  4. are related or were formally related by marriage; or,
  5. are adult or minor children of a person in a relationship described above.
     

Domestic violence includes, but is not necessarily limited to,

  1. inflicting, or attempting to inflict, physical injury on the accuser by other than accidental means;
  2. placing the accuser in fear of physical harm;
  3. physical restraint;
  4. malicious damage to the personal property of the accuser, including inflicting, or attempting to inflict, physical injury on any animal owned, possessed, leased, kept, or held by the accuser; or,
  5. placing the accuser in fear of physical harm to any animal owned, possessed, leased, kept, or held by the accuser. TCA 36-3-601.
     

Dating Violence — Violence against a person when the accuser and accused are dating, or who have dated, or who have or had a sexual relationship. “Dating” and “dated” do not include fraternization between two (2) individuals solely in a business or non-romantic social context. Violence includes, but is not necessarily limited to,

  1. inflicting, or attempting to inflict, physical injury on the accuser by other than accidental means,
  2. placing the accuser in fear of physical harm,
  3. physical restraint,
  4. malicious damage to the personal property of the accuser, including inflicting, or attempting to inflict, physical injury on any animal owned, possessed, leased, kept, or held by the accuser; or,
  5. placing a victim in fear of physical harm to any animal owned, possessed, leased, kept, or held by the accuser. TCA 36-3-601(5)(c).
     

Consent — An informed decision, freely given, made through mutually understandable words or actions that indicate a willingness to participate in mutually agreed upon sexual activity. Consent cannot be given by an individual who is asleep; unconscious; or mentally or physically incapacitated, either through the effect of drugs or alcohol or for any other reason; or, is under duress, threat, coercion, or force. Past consent does not imply future consent. Silence or an absence of resistance does not imply consent. Consent can be withdrawn at any time.

Reporting — Acts of violence can be reported to the institution’s Title IX Coordinator, the Office of Judicial Affairs and Mediation Services, and/or to Campus Police. If the person accused of sexual violence is a faculty or staff member, the Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance will be responsible for the investigation or delegation of said investigation. If the person accused of sexual violence is a student, the Assistant Dean for Judicial Affairs and Mediation Services will be responsible for the investigation or delegation of said investigation. These investigations and any subsequent recommendations for disciplinary action will be conducted pursuant to MTSU Policy I:01:22. In an effort to expedite the complaint process and minimize the points of contact, refer to the following for reporting purposes:

Any act of sexual violence Act committed by student Act committed by faculty/staff
Carol Clark, Title IX Coordinator Laura Sosh-Lightsy, Title IX Deputy Coordinator Marian Wilson, Title IX Deputy Coordinator
(615)898-5133 (615)898-2750 (615)898-2185
ca.clark@mtsu.edu Laura.Lightsy@mtsu.edu marian.wilson@mtsu.edu

 

Resources

On Campus

 

Off Campus

  • Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Program, 2106 E. Main St, Murfreesboro
  • 24-hour crisis line: (615)494-9262 or (615)896-2012
  • Domestic violence crisis line (615)896-2012
  • Sexual assault crisis line (615)494-9262
  • Sexual Assault Center – Nashville, 1-800-879-1999
  • TN Domestic Violence Hotline, 1-800-356-6767
  • St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital, (615)396-4100