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Sexual Offenses and Domestic Violence

Any student or employee who reports being a victim of domestic violence, dating   violence, sexual   assault, or stalking will be provided a written explanation of the rights and options for victims (to notify or decline notifying law enforcement as well as availability of existing counseling, health, mental health, victim advocacy, legal assistance, and other services available on campus or in the community). Information will be provided on how the University will protect the confidentiality of victims.

Domestic Violence Victims

If you are a victim of domestic violence, you are urged to notify the Dean of Student Services at 768-1713 for support, counseling and options to notify law enforcement and receive information regarding orders of protection. Victims have the option to decline reporting. You may also choose to contact the IRIS Domestic Violence Center at 389-3001 or toll free at 1-800-541-9706.

General Characteristics of Rape

The potential for stranger rape is a problem on college/university campuses. The concentration of buildings, parking lots and people create characteristics similar to the downtown area of a small- to medium-size city. Many students (and staff) ignore this potential because these conditions are counteracted by a false sense of security stemming from a familiarity with the surroundings and a long-standing belief that college campuses are sanctuaries untouched by the social problems present in the rest of society. Everyone should practice protective behaviors such as not walking alone, parking in well lighted areas, not propping doors open, etc.

What You Should Do As A Rape Survivor

Many survivors of sexual assault don’t know where to turn for help or what to do. You may be afraid or ashamed to talk to anybody; you may try to act as though nothing has happened. If you’ve been assaulted, you have the following options. If you choose to utilize these options, you should do so in the order listed.

Option A

Get medical attention. Even if you do not want to report this to the police, you may have injuries or have been exposed to diseases of which you are not aware. Report to the hospital emergency room as soon as possible.

  • If you choose to seek medical attention you should not touch anything, change your clothes, wash nor douche. If you have changed clothes, the clothes you were wearing at the time of the sexual assault should be brought to the hospital in a paper bag.
  • The special rape protocol that will be followed to collect evidence entails taking samples with swabs in and around the vagina, anus and mouth; combing the pubic area; collecting clothing; taking samples of hair, blood and saliva.
  • The hospital will check for previous pregnancy and for HIV.

Option B

Victims of sexual offenses have the option to decline reporting. If you choose to report the sexual assault:

  • Call 911 or Lake Security at 765-8825 whether or not criminal charges will be pursued. Lake Security will assist you in filing charges, if you so choose. Reporting to the Police helps protect you and others from future victimization, apprehend the assailant, and opens options regarding criminal prosecution and civil action against the perpetrator.
  • Report to Dean of Student Services at 768-1713 whether or not you choose to pursue disciplinary action. The Dean of Students can assist with reasonable academic accommodations to help you to avoid future contact with the assailant and advise you on options regarding counseling and disciplinary action.
  • Contact an attorney if you are interested in pursuing civil charges.

Disciplinary Procedures

On campus disciplinary actions in cases of alleged sexual offense include the following (from Federal Campus Sexual Assault Victim’s Bill of Rights):

  1. Survivors shall be notified of their options to notify law enforcement.
  2. Both the accuser and the accused are entitled to the same opportunities to have others present during a campus disciplinary proceeding (including an advisor of their choice).
  3. Both the accuser and the accused shall be informed of the outcome of any campus disciplinary proceedings brought.
  4. On and off campus counseling is available for victims of sexual offenses.
  5. The institution will consider reasonable academic accommodations to the victims of alleged sexual offenses. Survivors shall be notified of the options for changing academic situations.

Sanctions imposed by the University for rape, acquaintance rape, or other sex offenses (forcible or non-forcible) following an on-campus disciplinary procedure may include disciplinary dismissal. (See Student Handbook)

Appeal process-See Student Handbook procedure for victim or abuser to appeal the results.

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